Oscar De La Hoya Calls for Patience From Ryan Garcia: ‘Fighters Like Manny Pacquiao Are Busy’

Published 03/19/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Oscar de la Hoya after his victory against Luke Campbell for WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)


Oscar De La Hoya has told his prized fighter, Ryan Garcia, to have patience in wanting fights. The promoter said he admires ‘KingRy’s’ desire and ambition, but claimed that the youngster needs to understand the protocol. He even explained why the Manny Pacquiao bout never happened.

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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

Garcia is a global star and has a personality to match his stardom. The undefeated boxer does not shy away from any fighter and is more than willing to engage in a verbal battle. However, this has led to all his fights falling through.

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De La Hoya has now spoken about Garcia’s personality. Fight Hub TV caught up with the promoter, and he said he loved his desire to make the big fights, and his ambition to take on the best. However, he said, Garcia needs to understand the work that goes into it.

De La Hoya then added, “When fighters like Manny Pacquiao are busy, they have their other plans, it’s hard to make these fights because they have a promoter, they’re tied in with a network, you know. It’s really hard to make these fights, so he has to have patience.”

This comment from the promoter not only showed De La Hoya’s advice to Garcia, but also explained why the Manny Pacquiao bout fell through.

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Is Oscar De La Hoya right in saying Ryan Garcia should have more patience?

Garcia fights in the lightweight division, which is one of the sport’s most exciting divisions. Therefore, his behavior often comes under a lot of criticism. So is De La Hoya right in saying Garcia needs to be patient?

The undefeated boxer has had a whirlwind two months since his last fight. He called out Gervonta Davis in his post-fight interview. And after weeks of verbal back-and-forth, he suddenly announced a bout against Manny Pacquiao.

DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates his victory against Luke Campbell at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)

After that fight fell through, ‘KingRy’ blamed it on several aspects. Moreover, he even called for a match against Devin Haney, for whom he is the mandatory challenger. However, even that bout never materialized.

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Thus, the 22-year-old has a knack for wanting more than he can handle. However, after all the talk, it appears as though he will have to settle for a fight against Javier Fortuna.

What do you make of these comments from Oscar De La Hoya? Do you think he’s right in saying Ryan Garcia should be more patient?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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