Ryan Garcia Continues to Call Out Manny Pacquiao Despite Oscar De La Hoya’s Recent Comments

Published 02/16/2021, 5:43 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES NOVEMBER 2, 2019: American boxer Ryan Garcia wins his WBC Silver and NABO lightweight title bout against Philippine rival Romero Duno at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Lightweight sensation Ryan Garcia has remained adamant on a bout with legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao. The undefeated American has given a message to the Filipino, calling him out again despite the claims from his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.

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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)

Garcia has been no stranger to the headlines ever since his victory over English lightweight Luke Campbell. Many predicted a big title fight would be next for the youngster. However, no one would have foreseen a bout with Pacquiao.

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Now, in the latest turn of events, Garcia has called out the multi-weight champion again. Speaking to Little Giant Boxing on YouTube, Garcia gave a message to Pacquiao and said, “Pacquiao, hey man, I respect you and honor you, but we need to get it on.”

This comes as a surprise, since his promoter De La Hoya shut down rumors of a potential fight between the two, saying it’s ‘only for Instagram’. However, the undefeated fighter showed his desire with these comments.

However, given Pacquiao’s age and limited time in the sport, it would be a huge surprise if he agreed to this fight, especially with all the unfinished business in the welterweight division.

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Who will Ryan Garcia fight if not Manny Pacquiao?

Despite the constant references to the fight, a bout with Pacquiao is highly unlikely for Garcia. Given his global stardom, Garcia will have to find a suitable opponent that fits the bill. So who can the lightweight sensation fight?

Top of his list will be Gervonta Davis. The champion was Garcia’s first choice before shifting to Pacquiao. He claimed he wanted to shut down ‘Tank’. However, the talks fell through when Garcia pursued a fight against the Filipino.

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He would also welcome a fight against WBC champion Devin Haney. Garcia is the mandatory challenger for Haney’s belt. Moreover, the pair have a history between them and have engaged in a few verbal battles over the years.

If Haney and Davis are out of the equation, recent rumors suggest Garcia will fight an opponent like Javier Fortuna. This would be a massive step-down from the previous names on his wish-list. Therefore, he will be eager to make the Pacquiao fight happen.

What do you think of Ryan Garcia’s call out? Do you think he will get the Manny Pacquiao fight?

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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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