SHOCKING: Golden Boy President Claims Ryan Garcia vs Manny Pacquiao Fight Is Not Taking Place

Published 01/31/2021, 12:51 AM EST


WBC Interim lightweight champion, Ryan Garcia, was supposedly set to fight octuple world champion Manny Pacquiao in 2021. He also appeared ready to move past Gervonta Davis for this fight. However, Golden Boy President, Eric Gomez, doesn’t see it happening.

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Although Garcia and Pacquiao are reported to have talked about the fight, Gomez doesn’t find it fruitful to stage. While Manny Pacquiao is already in the dusk of his career, a fight against Ryan Garcia won’t benefit his legacy. Meanwhile, a loss against the youngster can put a dent in his name. So, Manny Pacquiao might not be ready to risk his legacy, especially when he has nothing more to prove in the sport.

Speaking on the matchup, Gomez connected with ESPN and said, “There is nothing to talk about it, they did contact us, but it turns out that there is nothing to talk about, the fight is not going to take place.” (Translated via Google translate)

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He added, “They are new people who entered boxing, who want to enter, but there is nothing to talk about, there is nothing concrete, I don’t see possibilities.”

That said, the Golden Boy CEO has some plans for Ryan Garcia, and 2021 can see the WBC Interim champion clash against several A-listers at 135 lbs. While Garcia wanted to fight, Gervonta Davis, primarily, Eric Gomez also brought Teofimo Lopez into the mix.

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The existing lightweight roster has umpteen unbeaten champions. Gomez picked up Teofimo Lopez amongst all as he saw it as a feasible fight. Not only that, but he also claimed that ‘KingRy’ was super interested in fighting ‘Take Over’.

DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia reacts after defeating Luke Campbell during the WBC Interim Lightweight Title fight at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

“Teofimo (Lopez) is more feasible. It’s more feasible and is one of those fights that Ryan Garcia is obviously interested in. That fight can be a great fight,” said Gomez.

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Apart from Lopez, WBC champion Devin Haney and WBA champion Gervonta Davis are also looking for their next fights. So, it’s safe to predict a bright future for the 135 lbs division. If everything falls in place, 2021 can be a significant year for lightweight boxing with several electrifying contests available.

Do you think Ryan Garcia should fight Teofimo Lopez instead of Manny Pacquiao?

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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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