Four-division, eight-time world champion Mikey Garcia still wants that Manny Pacquiao fight for his next bout, but doesn’t really believe that’s what Pacquiao wants.
Pacquiao last fought in July of 2019, a WBA welterweight championship winning effort against formerly undefeated Keith Thurman, who he defeated via split decision over the coarse of twelve rounds.
This improved Pacquiao’s record to 62-7-2, 39 of those victories coming via knockout.
However, Pacquiao was stripped of his title for inactivity last month, and he no longer holds any belts.
Garcia had the following to say in regards of the bout to Little Giant Boxing:
“Everybody would like to fight (Manny) Pacquiao. Is it going to happen? I don’t know. It was supposed to happen.
“Towards the end of the year, I heard him talking about Conor McGregor. Then he started talking about Ryan Garcia. I haven’t talked to him. From that, it tells me that Manny is looking for a low-risk, high reward type of fight.”
“He’s obviously earned to call the shots. He’s done it all in boxing. There’s nothing left for him to prove or claim.
“If he wants to go out and retire on a big event because these guys (McGregor & Ryan) would make it a big event and have the least amount of risk, so be it. If he’s looking for a real fight, a challenging fight, then he would have to look at actual welterweight fighters.”
Garcia has fought once in this time, defeating Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision, after meeting his first superior in Errol Spence Jr.
This victory improved Garcia’s professional record to 40-1, with 30 of those victories coming via knockout. With Garcia being nearly a full decade younger than Pacquiao, it’d make for a very interesting bout.
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