Top Rank President Todd DuBoef recently hosted a question and answer session to promote Vasyl Lomachenko‘s (8-1, 6 KOs) upcoming fight against Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) which will take place this Saturday, August 5, 2017 live on ESPN.
Lomachenko and his manager Egis Klimas answered questions regarding their fight on ESPN and about bigger fights that could be happening in the near future.
When the topic of former Top Rank fighter Mikey Garcia came up, DuBoef stepped in to give his two cents on the matter.
“I would like to interject here. I am tired with people filing you guys with a bunch of (BS) and telling you ‘we want to fight the greatest fight with the best fighters out there – we are available.’ That is complete nonsense. Mikey Garcia turned down Yuriorkis Gamboa. He turned down Gamboa which would have made him something so don’t tell me he is striving to fight the best out there. He then came and says ‘oh, I want to fight Manny Pacquiao’ after a two-year layoff, ‘I want to fight Terence Crawford, I want to fight Vasyl Lomachenko.’ That’s great, we are here. His (bleeping) trainer shows up to say ‘hey we want to talk about it’ and he goes out and then makes the Broner fight. Stop the nonsense. Stop it. These guys yap (BS) to you guys like they are these pristine people. They don’t go out there and make matches. Vasyl has never dodged anybody. Crawford has never dodged anybody. Nobody goes out there to fight everybody out there. I hate these guys that say ‘oh, the reason is why they wanted the big fights out there’ then they wouldn’t fight Gamboa. It’s nonsense.”
DuBoef is obviously referring to Garcia facing Yuriorkis Gamboa a few years ago when Garcia was with Top Rank and Gamboa was aligned with 50 Cent’s now defunct SMS Promotions.
There was a substantial amount of hype around the fight–particularly on social media–but it never came to fruition.
While DuBoef claims that Garcia “turned down Gamboa,” Bob Arum was quoted in 2014 saying that Gamboa was pricing himself out.
“Garcia-Gamboa is not going to happen because, frankly, who the fuck is Gamboa? Why should he be getting as much money as Garcia? He hasn’t fought on HBO. He fucked me in the Rios fight. What kind of shit is this? What, 50 Cent singing songs? It’s not going to happen,” said Arum (per Boxing Scene).
After a couple of years on the sidelines, Garcia is now sitting pretty with two impressive consecutive victories in 2017 over Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC Lightweight title in January and over Adrien Broner this past Saturday.
While Garcia and Lomachenko have both stated in the past that they would like to fight one another, it doesn’t seem likely given the politics of the business.