“I am Already Working on the Next Fight”- Ryan Garcia Confirms He Won’t Fight Manny Pacquiao

Published 03/02/2021, 2:00 PM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 13: Ryan Garcia of the United States speaks during a press conference at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Ryan Garcia did everything possible to bag a super fight against Manny Pacquiao after his WBC interim lightweight title win against Luke Campbell. He openly touted the fight and even called it an official statement. However, the matchup isn’t happening and Garcia has confirmed it from his end.

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Following several contractual turmoils, Ryan Garcia has moved on from the challenge and is currently setting up a new matchup for himself. Although he was adamant about facing ‘Pac-Man’, due to some unrevealed reasons, the young champion has sacrificed his desire.

He posted his statement on Instagram and clarified that the fight is out of the charts now. Here’s a look at what Ryan Garcia wrote on his social media handle.

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This opens up the path for his lightweight title fight against WBA champion Gervonta Davis, which was Garcia’s primary aim. Before turning his attention towards Pacquaio, ‘KingRy’ had called out ‘Tank’. So, the lightweight matchup can revive its form once again, considering that Pacquaio vs Garcia isn’t happening now.

What’s next for Ryan Garcia and Manny Pacquiao?

Already an eight-division champion, Pacquaio still has a few more fights left. That said, he has expressed a desire to return and face Terence Crawford for the WBO title. It is reported that Pacquaio has also demanded $40 million for a possible fight against ‘Bud’.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

He wants to fight only for world titles at this stage, and a fight against Terence Crawford will justify his dreams. Alongside the world title, it will also bring him a chance to enrich his legacy.

On the other end, Ryan Garcia can return to challenge Gervonta Davis for his WBA lightweight strap. Being the WBC (Interim) title-holder, he can also face Devin Haney for the WBC lightweight title. Thus, the young champion will have several doors open for him.

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If he retains himself at 135 lbs, he will be able to face several big names. But once he shifts divisions, the options will only expand for Garcia.

What do you consider the best options for Manny Pacquiao and Ryan Garcia?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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