Boxing Pound for Pound Rankings: Mikey Garcia making case for best in the sport

Three-division champion Mikey Garcia showed plenty of pound-for-pound promise before stepping away from the sport in 2014 for 30 months while sorting out promotional issues. 

But the three victories he has recorded since returning have simply left no doubt as to whether he belongs in the same conversation with the best fighters in the world. 

A brilliant technical fighter with a powerful right hand to boot, Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) successfully moved up to 140 pounds on Saturday in a clinical decision victory over Adrien Broner that very much felt like an announcement of Garcia's fully-bloomed talents. 

At 29, the Mexican-American boxer is operating at the very peak of his powers and showcased a much-higher volume in terms of his output against Broner than he had previously shown. Poise continues to be Garcia's calling card with another performance that was void of emotion and full of tiny wrinkles in terms of his boxing pedigree, which allow him to control fights with such apparent ease. 

Still a titleholder at lightweight, Garcia is open for business anywhere between 135 and 147 pounds, which is an exciting development for fans hoping to see his skills matched against the very best in the game. Future showdowns against fellow P4P top-10 fighters Vasyl Lomachenko or Terence Crawford remain in contention as possibilities with both fighters voicing interest of late. 

Finding out how great the incredibly polished Garcia can become will be fun to watch, with his two-plus year break from the sport having done well to recharge him mentally. He's operating as good as any fighter in the game right now and his performances continue to tease that a run at the No. 1 spot in the rankings isn't out of the question should he continue to raise his game on the highest level. 

Missed the cut: Naoya Inoue, Guillermo Rigondeaux, James DeGale, Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton

Dropped out: Manny Pacquiao

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