Mikey Garcia Explains Why He Never Fought UFC Fighter Max Holloway

Published 05/01/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
7DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Max Holloway prior to his fight with Jose Aldo of Brazil during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


A few years back, the combat world could have seen another massive crossover between Mikey Garcia and Max Holloway. However, the alluring idea didn’t meet fruition and the fight talks faded away with some time. Instead, both Garcia and Holloway devoted themselves to their respective careers and are seemingly on the rise.

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However, they could have unveiled one of the biggest fights of all time by locking horns. 40-1 as a pro, Garcia connected with FightHype.com and revealed how the fight with Max Holloway evolved and fell off-charts. Although he didn’t reveal the exact reasons behind scrapping the idea, the former lightweight champion still provided a lot of insights.

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He said, “It wasn’t that I was supposed to fight him [Max Holloway]. The conversation came about if I’d be interested in doing something with Max one day, it was a few years ago. Possibly a matchup, possibly an exhibition, out of Hawaii, something like that.”

Mikey Garcia added, “Never happened for other reasons, but that was a conversation. I have never got to meet him personally, never spoke to him in person like that.”

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In recent times, several UFC fighters have laced up the boxing gloves to face pro boxers. Following in Conor McGregor’s footsteps, Frank Mir fought Steve Cunningham, and Ben Askren fought Jake Paul on April 17. As both the UFC stars lost, it reflected a boxer’s advantage in the mix.

So, Holloway vs Garcia could have been a historic fight. And looking at the ongoing scenario, it may not happen, as both fighters have their own disciplines to look at.

Mikey Garcia and Max Holloway- What does the future hold for them?

Former UFC featherweight champion, Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway, returned to the winning ways with a boxing masterclass against Calvin Kattar in January.

Holloway received several appraisals for his performance and is looking forward to becoming a 2x champion. While he is already so successful in MMA, a boxing legacy can be his second choice at this stage.

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Meanwhile, Mikey Garcia has also moved on from the sole career loss against Errol Spence Jr.. He beat Jessie Vargas to become the WBC Diamond 147 lbs champion. The 33-year-old is one of the most treacherous boxers in the division, Hence, he is still relevant in the world title mix.

Already a lightweight champion, Garcia hopes to become a two-division world champion by adding the 147 lbs strap under his name. While kingpins like Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. currently hold the titles, Garcia’s boxing career has a lot to look into.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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