By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla
WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia was unable to make the 126 pound featherweight limit and forfeit his title on Friday afternoon on Dallas. Juanma Lopez can still win the vacant WBO title with a win over Garcia on Saturday night. Mikey weighed in at 128 and he was unable to shed the two excess pounds, never returning to the scale. “He wasn’t very professional today by not making the weight,” Juanma told Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher. “People were saying I was done, I was finished. People were saying I wasn’t going to make the weight. I made the weight with no problem and tomorrow I’ll show you what I can do.”
Tense moments during negotiations over the penalty Garcia would pay. At one point the entire fight was off as the Garcia camp felt Juanma wanted too much money. Promoter Bob Arum was overheard saying “$200,000 is crazy!” and he called the whole fight off! Top Rank later announced that both sides had reached an agreement and the fight is on.