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Mikey Garcia's gamble on himself is paying off

Mikey Garcia is one victory away from a hefty payday and continues seeking fights that will enhance his legacy.

Garcia, 30, will be making his return to the Staples Center this Saturday, July 28, and is looking to defend his World Boxing Council lightweight championship against International Boxing Federation beltholder, Robert Easter Jr.

Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is looking for his fourth straight victory after his two-year hiatus from 2014-2016 while he settled a contract dispute with his former promotion company, Top Rank.

Garcia, who was born in Oxnard, and now resides in Moreno Valley, defeated Sergey Lipinets in March to claim the IBF world super lightweight title but decided to vacate it in order to defend the WBC welterweight title.

Garcia is one of only three fighters in history to hold titles at 126, 130, 135, and 140 lbs, along with future Hall of Famers, Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manual Marquez.

Garcia took the unusual path of choosing to get out of his contract with an established promoter and has been somewhat of a free agent since he gained his release.

He has been linked to promotional contracts with Golden Boy Promotions and was even rumored to be contemplating signing with Zuffa Boxing, the new boxing venture from the UFC's president, Dana White.

Garcia does hold a unique advantage in that he was basically born and raised in a boxing family.  His father trained another well-known fighter from Oxnard, Fernando Vargas, and his brother Robert is a former boxing champion and one of the most well-known trainers currently in the sport.

While competing as a de-facto free agent, Garcia is taking a risk fighting without a contract, but that risk appears to be paying off for him.

Garcia has created the opportunity for himself to set up big-money fights at several different weight classes and has been linked to future bouts against some of the biggest names in the sport, including Terence Crawford, Manny Pacquiao, and Vasyl Lomachenko.

Garcia has been vocal about seeking a bout next against current IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr., a fight his brother Robert has openly stated he would prefer to hold off on, but Garcia has made it clear with his actions, that he's not going to settle for the easy path in order to get the fights that will cement his status as one of boxing's best pound-for-pound fighters.