This time last year, boxing superstar Mikey Garcia (39-1) was one of the sport’s most-sought-after prizefighters with an undefeated record and potential pay-per-view powerhouse. The popularity came to a screeching halt in front of 47,525 fans last March inside AT&T Stadium after being railroaded by DeSoto’s undefeated WBC/IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr (26-0) and receiving his first loss by Unanimous Decision. After a year-long layoff, Garcia, 32, returns to North Texas with a new deal in DAZN and rebound opportunity in a crossroad’s fight against Jessie Vargas (29-2-2) this Saturday night in Frisco.

Saturday (8 p.m. ET, DAZN), Mikey returns to welterweight, fighting at 147lbs. Shown at Wednesday’s press conference in the Ford Center, the Oxnard, California-native’s confidence remains intact as he reiterates he’s still one of the boxing’s best fighters. Crediting the Spence loss to unfamiliar territory, Garcia reassures the press that his highly-publicized boxing ability will return him to superfight contentionship against a formidable Vargas.  

“My last fight, I think it was more Errol fighting a great fight than anything else. I just felt sluggish and tired. I felt slow. It wasn’t my night, but I think all of my skills will be on display this Saturday night.”   

Mikey’s reputation proceeds him; however, he will be facing an action-packed southpaw in Jessie Vargas. The 30-year-old former two-division champion has a noticeable advantage over Garica with a three-inch reach, four-inch taller, naturally bigger size and tougher resume which includes the most-wanted Manny Pacquiao. 

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn calls Saturday’s main event a war. “The main event is breathtaking. As we get closer I could see this being an absolute war, a Mexican war,” he expressed. “These two are a credit to the sport, and this is such an incredible fight. This is going to be a fantastic night, and a great night of boxing.”

Garcia’s Vargas fight — part of a new single fight deal with DAZN — guarantees the four-time champ $7-million dollars. Garcia signed with the new boxing promotion last December and believes the collaboration has been greatly beneficial during a pivotal point in his career. 

“This is my first time working together with DAZN and it’s been great. This is a tremendous card, a stacked card with world championship fights. I’m here to do one thing and take over the show – there’s a lot more to Mikey Garcia. I’m going to display all my skills and be a contender in the welterweight division. We landed on Vargas because he’s a two-weight champion, solid career, big size, and has height. He’s everything that people have been telling me I shouldn’t be fighting, but I’m going to do everything I can to win this fight. I expect the best Jessie Vargas and that will allow to me display all my skills. I don’t want easy fights. This will be a great matchup because Jessie is a warrior. It will push me to get the best out of me.

Mikey is still a fan-favorite in North Texas as Saturday’s main event draws over 10,000 in-attendance. Excited to put on an amazing performance against a long-time friend, Garcia and Vargas closed out the press conference with mutual respect for one another but Mikey reassured that Jessie is standing in way of his future and it’s nothing personal, it’s just business.

“Jessie is a great person, but inside the ring we’re competitors. He’s coming to knock me out, and I’m trying to doing the same, but that will make it a memorable night. Tune-in to DAZN, it’s going to be fireworks all night long. We’re going to finish it off with bang, Jessie and myself. There’s a lot more to Mikey Garcia.”


Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie Vargas at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb.29. at The Star in Frisco. Watch on DAZN.