WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney is perplexed as to why Ryan Garcia is pursuing a fight up two weight classes against Manny Pacquiao. A fight he will surely be a considerable underdog heading into. Check out OlyBet Betting for the best fight odds.
Garcia earned his mandatory shot at Haney by beating Luke Campbell earlier this year. The 22-year-old survived an early knockdown to finish Campbell in the seventh round.
Since then, Garcia has set his sights on a fight with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
Haney though doesn’t understand why Garcia is chasing a fight that he has no chance of winning.
“At the end of the day, that fight, it doesn’t really make sense because it’s not a very winnable fight for Ryan,” Haney said during an interview on The Ak & Barak Show. “Ryan is a 135-pounder, who just in his last fight went in there and he got hurt against Luke Campbell, you know, not a huge puncher, not a guy known for knocking guys out or really hurting guys like that.
“So, you talk about going up two weight classes to go face Manny Pacquiao, thinking that, you know, you win the fight and then you’re gonna come back down to 135 and fight me and Tank, it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t seem like realistic.”
Haney believes Pacquiao has had his time and now is the moment for the young lightweight lions to fight each other and create their own legacy.
“I feel like that right now Manny had his career, he had his time, he did what he did,” Haney said. “I think it’s now time to focus on the young guns and the guys now. Because, like I said, that is not a winnable fight. That’s not a very winnable fight for Ryan. It’s not an easy fight. Not saying that he can’t win, but not saying that, you know, that he can win. So, just say he goes on and he loses to Manny Pacquiao, then what? Pacquiao had his era. Pacquiao had his era, and that era came and it went. Now it’s our turn. Let’s focus on these fights – the Tank, the me, the Teofimo Lopez. This is our era to take over the sport of boxing.” (Transcribed by Boxingscene)
Do you agree with Devin Haney? Does a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ryan Garcia make no sense?