Manny Pacquiao, Ryan Garcia in serious talks for potential mega-fight
The potential boxing bout between Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao is definitely in doubt after the MMA star’s loss against Dustin Poirier in UFC 257 on Saturday night. With McGregor’s future plans still very much uncertain as of the moment, all eyes now turn to Pacquiao’s potential match against Ryan Garcia instead, via SportsCenter.
Garcia recently called out the Filipino boxing icon even before he fought Luke Campbell back in early January of 2020. The 22-year-old then dealt his opponent with a TKO victory in the seventh round of the fight en route to grabbing the vacant WBC interim lightweight title.
Garcia’s commanding victory eventually preserved his unbeaten record and further improved to 21-0-0. Although he is confident about fighting the boxing legend, Garcia shared that Pacquiao still serves as one of the biggest inspirations for his boxing career to this day.
“Manny’s a legend,” Garcia said via Bad Left Hook. “Manny’s a person I’ve always looked up to. You can’t say anything bad about Manny. I wouldn’t even be mad in the ring with him. Even if he hit me, I don’t know how I would react. I would be just, like, ‘Yo, man, you hit me! I can’t believe this, yes! Hit me more!’ He’s been an inspiration to me.”
On the other hand, Pacquiao has already been on a long break away from the boxing ring after his match with Keith Thurman back in July of 2019. The 42-year-old dealt the first loss for his previously unbeaten opponent by way of a split decision victory. The win ultimately snagged the WBA Welterweight title and further improved his individual record to 62-7-2.
The coming months will see whether or not Ryan Garcia will indeed be the next opponent for Manny Pacquiao in 2021.