2020 Feb 29

Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie Vargas

12 rounds, welterweights

Mikey Garcia (39-1) is back in the ring this Saturday after almost a year off since he fought Errol Spence jr and lost a 12 round decision. The fight was a grueling affair for Garcia who took a beating in the fight and he was really fortunate to survive the full distance as he looked on the verge of being stopped a few times in the bout. He looked content midways to just try to survive and to his credit he was able to do that. He has since then had the time to rest up and revitalize himself and he decided that he was going to stick around at welterweight. He will face Jessie Vargas in his 2nd fight at 147 and it looks like he is giving up size to Vargas who looks noticeably bigger. Jessie Vargas has a record of 29-2-2 and his 2 losses have come against Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, and the draws came against Adrien Broner and Thomas Dulorme. All these fighters that Vargas has struggled against are good fighters. Mikey Garcia has beaten several fighters that are considered better than Vargas, while Vargas has never beaten anyone that would be favored over Garcia. (Sign in below to get our pick and prediction.)

Mikey Garcia is much more talented than Jessie Vargas who each time he has stepped up, he has found himself struggling. This will be no different. Garcia will land the cleaner blows and will dominate this fight. Vargas has shown that he is difficult to stop and we do expect this fight to go the distance. But there is not much value in predicting a decision win for Garcia because the odds is not far away from only picking Mikey Garcia to win the fight without specifying how. There is an outside chance that Mikey becomes the first to stop Vargas so therefore we are contempt with just playing it safe and picking Mikey Garcia to win the fight for a price of -500 (1.20 decimal odds)

The Pick: Mikey Garcia to win fight
Odds: -500 (1.20 decimal odds)
Units: 10
Start time: 9pm ET / 6pm PT