Vergil Ortiz Jr. Gives a Shocking Prediction on Manny Pacquiao vs Mikey Garcia Fight

Published 03/05/2021, 9:00 AM EST


Ever since Manny Pacquiao and Ryan Garcia’s fight fell through, there has been sufficient buzz around the former fighting the resilient welterweight, Mikey Garcia. The former welterweight champion, Garcia, fought just once in 2020 and claimed the WBC Diamond welterweight title.

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Ever since then, he’s been in search of a big-name opponent. And at this stage, no one better than ‘Pacman’ can provide him with a stern test inside the ring.

However, the upcoming 147-pound prospect, Vergil Ortiz Jr. believes Mikey Garcia will annihilate the Filippino Senator in every department and upset him. Speaking to ES News, he said, “Mikey smokes him!”

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“First of all, I’d like to say that Mikey is a better version of Marquez (Juan Manuel Marquez) like way better. I think he’s smarter, he’s more explosive, I think he’s stronger than him. I think I’ve said in different interviews before, Mikey is the only boxer who’s like really broken me down inside the ring.”

Ortiz Jr. talked about his sparring sessions with Garcia. He believes the latter has crushing power to dismantle his opponents. The 22-year-old even admitted to improving his prowess just by sparring with the veteran.

Garcia enjoyed a staggering career until he faced Errol Spence Jr., who handed him only career loss to date. Despite that, the 33-year-old bounced back with a win in his last fight, and now he’s keen to touch gloves with the veteran, Manny Pacquiao.

Read – Ryan Garcia Finally Reveals Why the Manny Pacquiao Fell Through, Upset at Oscar De La Hoya’s Comments

Can Mikey Garcia really upset Manny Pacquiao?

Mikey Garcia has hung around the sport for a substantial period and has fought many top-tier boxers. With every bout, he’s improved on his game-plan, adding constant wins to his career. But, facing Manny Pacquiao can be a different ballgame altogether.

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Though ‘Pacman’ hasn’t fought for the whole of 2020, he has every weapon in his arsenal to beat the best in the business. Even though Garcia has kept himself proactive compared to Pacquiao, the latter still has an advantage with his paramount experience.

If the duo ever collides, they’ll unquestionably put on a sensational show for their fans. Moreover, this contest carries immense responsibilities pertaining to Pacquiao’s future in the boxing world.

What do you make of Virgil Ortiz Jr.’s comments? How would you rate the Pacquiao vs Garcia matchup on a scale of 1-10?

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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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