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Garcia dominated Salido.
Mikey Garcia made a huge statement when he won the WBO featherweight title, by dropping Salido four times en route to a unanimous technical decision victory, this past January. It was as dominant a performance as you could ever hope for, but it was also Garcia's first foray into deep water with an opponent that was predicted to give him trouble.
Trouble wasn't in the cards that night. Not even close, as Garcia dominated, beating Salido to the punch all night long and using his free swinging ways against him.
The question now becomes, is Garcia as good as he looked against Salido? Because if he is, then JuanMa could be in for a long, tough night.
Juan Manuel Lopez seemed destined for superstardom not that long ago. In 2008, he scored his most impressive win to date, a first-round blowout of Daniel Ponce de Leon that netted him the WBO super bantamweight title, and he would also capture a World title at featherweight.
But then he ran into Salido, who twice stopped him in brutal fashion. That's the same Salido that Garcia just dominated. Lopez has won his past two fights, since the second Salido knockout loss, but his level of competition is suspect.
It'll be interesting to see if he can show something of the fighter he was pre-Salido and give Garcia a real test.