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After two years of fighting in the courtroom instead of the ring, Mikey Garcia is finally a free agent.
The former featherweight and super featherweight champion was granted his release today from Top Rank, confirmed company president Bob Arum on The Morning Punch-In Show with RB & Jae.
“We’ve given Mikey his release. So he’s free to do whatever he wants,” said Arum.
Garcia first launched his suit in April 2014, claiming violations of the Muhammad Ali Act as Top Rank allegedly “failed to make required disclosures to Garcia concerning, among other things, the amount of money it would make from each of Garcia’s bouts, therefore entitling Garcia to additional damages.” Garcia has opted to not fight since scoring a unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos in January 2014.
According to Arum, unrealistic purse demands from Garcia’s camp was the main reason for his inactivity. A proposed fight with Terence Crawford quickly fell apart, allegedly due to excessive purse demands from Garcia.
“Other promoters/managers made runs at him and that screwed him up,” said Arum. “And yeah, we didn’t offer him a Crawford fight because he wanted more money than Crawford. Crawford was the champion and that means something.”
The 29 year old Garcia is 34-0 (28 KOs) and last competed in the super featherweight division. At press time, he could not be reached for comment.