Garcia: Top Rank has an agenda; won't let me fight Lomachenko

Lightweight world titleholder Mikey Garcia always has plenty of options.

Following a third-round knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin to win the WBC title in January, The three-weight world champion moved up to junior welterweight and easily outpointed Adrien Broner in a non-title fight on July 29.

Garcia (37-0, 30 KO's), 30, of Moreno Valley, received permission from the WBC to remain champion at 135-pounds while he pursues his fourth world title in as many divisions on Feb. 10 (Showtime, 10:15 p.m. ET/PT when he takes on IBF titlist Sergey Lipinets at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Garcia is expected to win handily, and a victory would undoubtedly open up even more options for his future.

However, there is one that Garcia isn't so sure about.

"They [Top Rank] has an agenda for [Vasyl Lomachenko," Garcia said. They have a gameplan on how to guide his career, and they're taking on different fights, and I don't think Mikey Garcia is anywhere near those plans."

Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO's), a Ukraine native based out of Oxnard, who captured two Olympic gold medals, has stated that "boxing needs this fight."

But as we have seen in recent years, it has more to do with the business of the sport, rather than fighters not wanting to square off against one another, albeit Adonis Stevenson is another story.

Garcia, once a Top Rank fighter, sued in 2014 to get out of his contract because he was displeased with his purses. As a result, Garcia didn't fight for two years.

Lomachenko is coming off a one-sided TKO victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux, who quit citing a broken left hand, which turned out to be nothing more than a bruise.

Lomachenko-Garcia is a risky fight for both men. They do not possess a signature win in the professional ranks, though the victory over Broner could be seen as a big win for Garcia, given that he moved up two weight classes in a calendar year, and still dominated the fight from start to finish.

But is Bob Arum willing to make the fight and risk his investment in Lomachenko too soon? It's unlikely. Furthermore, the bad blood between Arum and Garcia might be enough for a deal to fall through at this stage of the game.

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