El campeón Mikey García buscará avivar la llama de la rivalidad México vs. Puerto Rico este fin de semana cuando suba a defender por primera ocasión el cinturón Pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo del boricua Juan Manuel López.

En un pleito que se llevará acabo en el American Airlines Center en Dallas, Texas y será televisado por HBO a las 10:45 pm ET, el mexicoamericano se medirá en duelo a 12 rollos al que fuera doble monarca mundial y que perdiera de manera estrepitosa ante el mexicano Orlando Salido.

“Decidí enfrentar a 'JuanMa', a pesar de que fue vencido dos veces por Salido, porque lo considero un gran exponente dentro de la división. Es uno de los peleadores más duros, aquí y quiero demostrar que mi reinado es enserio. Sé que ambos nos vamos a brindar a los fanáticos y que será una gran pelea”, dijo el peleador de 25 años de edad, quien recién se acaba de coronar tras derrotar por decisión técnica al 'Siri'.

Mikey, aunque nacido en Estados Unidos, se considera 100 por ciento mexicano y como tal subirá a defender con corazón e inteligencia el cinturón conquistado.

“Mis padres son michoacanos y a mi me tocó nacer en Estados Unidos, pero me siento 100 por ciento mexicano. Tengo muchos fanáticos mexicanos y quiero darles gusto peleando de gran manera ante un boricua, quien al igual que nosotros sabe como dar buenos pleitos”, comentó García, hermano menor del ex campeón y ahora multipremiado entrenador Robert García.

Mikey subirá al ring con un récord invicto en 31 contiendas profesionales de las cuales 26 ha terminado por la vía rápida. Aunque sabe que su poder de puños lo beneficia, asegura que no arriesgará más de la cuenta por intentar acabar con su rival antes de los 12 episodios, pues sabe que JuanMa también tiene poder de puños.

“Ambos tenemos pegada y el pleito se puede inclinar para cualquiera de los lados. Por eso me enfocaré en la estrategia que tenemos planeada y haré que 'JuanMa' caiga en mi juego. En ese sentido soy más inteligente y sé que podré dominarlo”, sentenció el peleador, quien aseguró tener un gran respeto por todo lo que logró el isleño, pero destacó que en esta ocasión tendrá que esperar antes de volverse a coronar.

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  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Miguel Angel Garcia, front, fights off an advance from Juan Manuel Lopez, rear, of Puerto Rico in the third round of their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight in the fourth round by technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Juan Manuel Lopez, left, of Puerto Rico and Miguel Angel Garcia, right, exchange blows in the third round of their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight in the fourth round by technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    El réferi Rafael Ramos observa a Mikey García, derecha, noquear al boricua Juan Manuel López en el cuarto asalto de su pelea peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), en Dallas el sábado 15 de junio de 2013. (Foto AP/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Miguel Angel Garcia, left, delivers a blow to the head of Juan Manuel Lopez, right, if Puerto Rico in the third round of their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight by technical knock out in the fourth round. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Miguel Angel Garcia, right, duck beneath a blow from Juan Manuel Lopez, left, of Puerto Rico in the second round of their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight with a technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Referee Rafael Ramos counts as Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico attempts to get up off the floor during his World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match against Miguel Angel Garcia Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight by technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Miguel Angel Garcia, left in blue cap, talks with Juan Manuel Lopez, sitting, of Puerto Rico following their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight by technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Miguel Angel Garcia celebrates with members from his corner following his World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match against Juan Manuel Lopez Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight by technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Referee Rafael Ramos, let, holds Miguel Angel Garcia's hand up following his World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight against Juan Manuel Lopez Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the boxing match by technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico attempts to get up off the floor after being knocked down by Miguel Angel Garcia in the fourth round of their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight by technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Referee Rafael Ramos, left, watches as Miguel Angel Garcia, right, knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez, center, of Puerto Rico in the fourth round of their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight buy technical knock out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Referee Rafael Ramos and Miguel Angel Garcia, right, watch as Juan Manuel Lopez falls to the foor on a knockout by Garcia in the fourth round of their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez, Miguel Angel Garcia

    Juan Manuel Lopez absorbs a knock out punch from Miguel Angel Garcia in the fourth round of their World Boxing Organization featherweight title fight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia won the fight. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (L-R) Mikey Garcia knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: Mikey Garcia celebrates after knocking out Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: Mikey Garcia celebrates after knocking out Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (L-R) Mikey Garcia connects with a left to the face of Juan Manuel Lopez during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Garcia knocked out Lopez in the fourth round. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (L-R) Mikey Garcia knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (L-R) Mikey Garcia connects with a left to the face of Juan Manuel Lopez during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Garcia knocked out Lopez in the fourth round. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (L-R) Mikey Garcia knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (L-R) Mikey Garcia knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (R-L) Juan Manuel Lopez connects with a left to the face of Mikey Garcia during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Garcia knocked out Lopez in the fourth round. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (L-R) Mikey Garcia knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 15: (L-R) Mikey Garcia knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round during their Vacant WBO Featherweight Title bout at American Airlines Center on June 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Garcia, Juan Manuel Lopez

    Mikey Garcia, left, poses for photos with Juan Manuel Lopez, of Puerto Rico, following a boxing news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Juan Manuel Lopez

    Juan Manuel Lopez, left, of Puerto Rico, poses for a photograph with fan Aldo Campos, right, following a boxing news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Mikey Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Mikey Garcia

    Mikey Garcia, right, signs autographs for Valerie Trejo, left, and her brother Venancio, second from left, following a boxing news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Juan Manuel Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Mark Cuban, Eduardo Garcia

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, left, and Eduardo Garcia, member of the Mike Garcia boxing team, laugh as they listen during a news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Mikey Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Juan Manuel Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Bob Arum, Mark Cuban, George Foreman

    Boxing great George Foreman, far left, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, second from left, listen as Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, right, addresses attendees at a news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Mikey Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Juan Manuel Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Bob Arum, Juan Manuel Lopez, Mikey Garcia

    Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, center, addresses attendees at a boxing news conference as Mikey Garcia, left, and Juan Manuel Lopez, right, of Puerto Rico, listen, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Bab Arum

    Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, center, addresses attendees at a boxing news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Mikey Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Juan Manuel Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)