Ryan Garcia Compares Manny Pacquiao to Legendary Muhammad Ali

Published 09/29/2021, 8:47 AM EDT


After a stellar boxing run lasting almost three decades, Manny Pacquiao has finally announced his retirement from the sport. This news didn’t shock many as fans expected him to sign off after he declared his intention for the presidential elections in his country. That said, many boxing purists and fans consider this as an ideal step from ‘Pacman’.

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Recently, one of his true disciples and the internet sensation, Ryan Garcia spoke to FightHype about ‘Pac Man’. Here, he compared the Filipino legend to the great Muhammad Ali.

He said, “The second thing closest to Muhammad Ali. That’s what I think honestly. I don’t think that’s too far off. He’s eight, only eight time division world champion. He’s about to become the President of the Philippines. If you look back at his career, you could say he’s the closest thing to Muhammad Ali”

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‘King Ry’ has always been assertive about the love and respect he has for Manny Pacquiao. The young gun draws major inspiration from the Senator and he wishes to be like him someday.

Just like Garcia, there are many budding boxers who idolize ‘Pac Man’, not just for the boxing skills he possesses, but for the kind of individual he is.

In early 2021, it was also speculated that there’d be an exhibition fight between Pacquiao and Garcia. But this contest failed to materialize and ‘King Ry’s aspiration to fight his idol was left incomplete. Regardless of that, Garcia’s adoration for the 42-year-old only increased.

Can Ryan Garcia become a stalwart like Manny Pacquiao?

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Ryan Garcia, in his early days of the sport, has created a massive buzz around himself. He ranks among the most promising young fighters and is expected to go down as a true legend.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Garcia poses after defeating Romero Duno in a lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia won with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Also, as of now, he boasts of a clean track record. However, he has yet to attain a world championship. Hence, he is still far from becoming an elite like Pacquiao. To emulate his idol, he will have to keep winning, conquering different weight classes, and fighting the biggest names around. He has all the skills to do so.

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Do you think Garcia can be the next Manny Pacquiao? What do you make of his above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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