Manny Pacquiao, Ryan Garcia agree to fight

Ryan Garcia, the 22-year-old increasing star who simply last month stopped Luke Campbell to win the interim WBC light-weight title, appears headed towards a welterweight face-off with the famous Manny Pacquiao, a source near to the fighters informed Yahoo Sports on Saturday.

Garcia stated in a video he launched on his Instagram that the bout, if it is settled, would not be an exhibit bout however a complete 12-round match.

The source informed Yahoo Sports that the fighters have actually consented to deal with each other in their next bouts, however that funding still requires to be protected to make it a truth. That is a not-so-insignificant action. However when fighters of this stature accept combat, the financials generally fall in line.

“Hey everybody, I just want to make it real clear: My fight with Pacquiao would not be an exhibition,” Garcia said on his Instagram story. “It will be a real fight, shooting for 12 rounds, all on the line. Our records will be on the line. I just want to make that very clear for everybody.”

Garcia first brought up the idea of fighting Pacquiao during an appearance on Mike Tyson’s “Hotboxin” podcast. It was on that podcast that Garcia seemed to come to an agreement to combat Gervonta Davis, who holds titles at super featherweight and lightweight.

But on that episode, Garcia stated, “If there is anybody I could get in the ring with before I go, it’s Manny Pacquiao,” Garcia told Tyson.

The potential bout picked up steam after Garcia mentioned it. Pacquiao hasn’t fought since a July 20, 2019, decision over Keith Thurman in Las Vegas. On Friday, the WBA named him champion in recess.

Representatives of Golden Boy Promotions, which has Garcia, and of Pacquiao have discussed terms and at one point, there was talk it would be an exhibition. But as Garcia emphatically noted in his social media post, that is no longer the case.

It would be a huge leap for Garcia, who until stopping Campbell hadn’t faced a high level of opposition. But he’s been adamant that he wants to make the biggest and most significant fights he can and isn’t concerned about protecting his record.

Pacquiao is one of the biggest names in the sport and has won titles in eight weight classes.

That would be about as big of a fight as Garcia could get. He has said repeatedly since bringing the concept up that he also wants to combat Davis immediately after Pacquiao.

WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia hopes to fight legendary Manny Pacquiao.
“King” Ryan Garcia, who stopped Luke Campbell in a light-weight bout in Dallas on Jan. 2, is moving closer to a welterweight bout with the famous Manny Pacquiao. (Picture by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.