Oscar De La Hoya Reveals the Truth About Ryan Garcia vs. Manny Pacquiao

Published 02/15/2021, 5:00 PM EST
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)


Ryan Garcia’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, revealed the reality behind a potential bout with Manny Pacquiao. The promoter rubbished all rumors of a deal with Pacquiao and said they have had no success as yet.

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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)

Lightweight sensation, Ryan Garcia, took the world by surprise when he announced his next fight would be against legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. The news was greeted with skepticism, and it is now confirmed that the fight is not happening.

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Speaking to Fight Hub TV on YouTube, De La Hoya addressed the situation. He said, “No, no, we haven’t talked to anybody yet. We’re trying to pin down one of Manny’s people who calls the shots and makes the decisions. And we haven’t had any success.”

Thus, with these comments, he shut down the rumors; however, he confirmed that Garcia and his team were seriously looking to make the fight. He then explained the announcement of the fight by saying, “It’s all just Instagram. That’s all it is.”

These comments will come as an enormous blow to ‘Kingry’ as he has promoted this fight for the longest time. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how he reacts to these comments from his promoter.

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What do the comments from Oscar De La Hoya mean for Ryan Garcia?

The undefeated sensation is a global superstar with a huge fan-following. So, he will now have to find a new opponent for his next fight. However, that will be more complicated than it sounds as the situation in the division is tricky.

Garcia had initially called Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney. He was adamant on a fight against ‘Tank’ and claimed there was progress. However, Garcia gave that up to pursue the Pacquiao fight. So now that he won’t be fighting Pacquiao, he may want to target Davis again.

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)

Unfortunately, ‘Tank’ has claimed he may not fight this year because of miscommunication amongst his team. Moreover, Haney is looking to fight Jorge Linares if Garcia is not interested in that fight. Thus, recent rumors point towards ‘Kingry’ fighting Javier Fortuna.

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Either way, Garcia will have to fight a suitable opponent, or face the backlash for picking his fights carefully. What do you make of this news? Do you think Ryan Garcia should fight Devin Haney instead of Manny Pacquiao?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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