Ryan Garcia Reveals His Dream Fight: ‘He Is That Last Great Legend After Muhammad Ali’

Published 01/02/2021, 4:05 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)


Like many boxing stars, Ryan Garcia also has a dream fight. The silver lightweight champion opened up on the same and revealed that he would like to fight octuple world champion, Manny Pacquiao, somewhere down the line.

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Aged 22, Garcia is already on the brink of a world title and has several lucrative fights in store. However, he seems to have an interest in having a legacy fight against ‘Pac-Man’. He has joined the likes of Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford to express an internet in fighting the veteran.

However, his dream fight has to be put on the back burner as ‘KingRy’ has an interim title fight against Luke Campbell.

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Prior to his interim title fight, Garcia connected with DAZN to reveal his 2021 fight wish list. He envisions a fight with WBA titleholder Gervonta Davis next. But after that, ‘KingRy’ wants to dance against Pacquiao before turning towards the other lightweights.

Garcia said, “My dream is I beat ‘Tank’ Davis and then I end up getting a chance to fight Manny Pacquiao before he gets to go. Because he is one of my idols. He is one of those people, I look up to, and I think he is that last great legend that after Muhammad Ali and all the other legends, he is one of those. So, it will be an honor to be in the ring with him.”

Be it at 140 lbs or 147, the young Mexican seems ready to go to any extent if Pacquiao accepts an offer to fight him

Ryan Garcia vs Manny Pacquiao- Is it for the titles?

Pacquiao hasn’t fought in 2020 as he has had to balance his career with his role as a Senator.

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

However, he is still the WBA super welterweight champion and can return to defend his title soon. If there is a shortage of welterweight contenders Pacquiao can take up the lightweight Garcia on his proposed dream fight.

Meanwhile, the matchup is far from happening in reality. Manny Pacquiao hasn’t announced his return, and Ryan Garcia needs to focus on Luke Campbell and the other lightweight belt holders. Post-that, we can analyze and speculate if Pacquiao vs Ryan Garcia will become reality.

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Do you think ‘KingRy’ and ‘Pac-Man’ will ever lock horns?

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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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