Manny Pacquiao in Discussion With Ryan Garcia on a Potential Fight, Conor McGregor Bout Is Probably Not Happening

Published 01/24/2021, 7:00 AM EST


WBC Interim lightweight champion, Ryan Garcia, can see his dream come true, as a fight with Manny Pacquiao is already in talks. If everything falls in place, ‘KingRy’ and ‘Pac-Man’ can lock horns before Garcia turns towards Gervonta Davis.

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Before his fight against Luke Campbell for the Interim strap, Garcia vowed to fight ‘Tank’ next. However, he also desired to fight Manny Pacquiao somewhere down the line, and hailed the octuple champion as a legend.

While Gervonta Davis had already accepted Garcia’s offer, the fight can take some more time to happen. According to ESPN Ringside, Athletic has reported a fight between Garcia and Pacquiao is in the preliminary discussion stage. Although it’s not a done deal yet, there is a ray of hope for the same.

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Akin to Garcia vs Davis, Pacquiao was also rumored to fight UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing clash. But, following McGregor’s loss against Poirier, he will want to focus on his UFC career. Hence, the Filipino senator can return to the ring against Ryan Garcia. Speaking with FightHype.com, Garcia has also teased the matchup.

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)

“We are working on a fight right now, it should be finalized this week. But that’s just an estimate, I don’t know for sure. It’s gonna be a huge fight. It’s gonna be a fight that nobody’s gonna expect. So, it’s amazing,” said the WBC Interim lightweight champion.

Fans will be excited at the prospect of hearing the confirmation of this bout. But, there are certain aspects that need to be looked at before posing a young Ryan Garcia against a veteran in Manny Pacquiao.

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Pac-Man is the only octuple world champion in boxing and is still the WBA welterweight champion. He has a pro-record of 62 wins, 7 losses, and 2 draws. At this stage of his Hall of Fame-worthy career, ‘Pac-Man’ can opt to fight anyone. No defeat will put a dent in his unparalleled legacy.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Ryan Garcia is the unbeaten champion and cannot afford to lose his clean record before fighting his lightweight contemporaries. A win over Pacquiao will be worth cherishing, but a loss can hamper his dominance, especially when the 135 lbs unit is full of undefeated world champions.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 01: Boxer Ryan Garcia poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia will meet Romero Duno in a lightweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

As per Box Rec, Pacquiao is a southpaw, and Garcia is orthodox. So, stylistically, it’s an alluring fight, and hardcore fans can relish the contest for all the right reasons.

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Do you think Ryan Garcia can overpower Manny Pacquiao inside the ring if they do fight?

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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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