Ryan Garcia wants fight with Manny Pacquiao

This is among those things that ought to be submitted in the “believe it when you see it” classification due to the fact that so little about a battle in between Ryan Garcia and Manny Pacquiao makes good sense.

Garcia is a young fighter rising, a light-weight who is wanting to make his name in among the very best departments in the sport.

Pacquiao is a famous welterweight champ who is near completion of the line, with a couple of more bouts left prior to he’s provided for great.

Garcia, 22, is far more detailed in age to Pacquiao’s kid, Jimuel, than he is to Pacquiao himself. Pacquiao turned 42 in December. Jimuel Pacquiao will be 20 on Feb. 6.

Yet, as insane as it sounds, bravo to Garcia for pursuing a battle with the legend. Yes, there are weight classes for a factor, however Pacquiao is a little welterweight. He doesn’t cut much, if any, weight unlike his peers, who begin camp at around 160 pounds or a bit greater and after that reduce to 147.

So the weight distinction in between the 2 is not that huge of an offer. It’s the experience that’s the concern.

However Garcia is plainly taking a page from his coach, pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez, with the method he’s managing his profession.

Practically all of the problems that afflict boxing are self-inflicted injuries, and possibly the most considerable is the sport’s failure to regularly make the huge battles the fans desire.

DALLAS, TEXAS - JANUARY 02:  Ryan Garcia (L) throws a left against 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)
Ryan Garcia (L) tosses a left versus Luke Campbell throughout their WBC interim light-weight title battle at American Airlines Center on Jan. 2, 2021, in Dallas. (Image by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

It takes place for any variety of factors. Often, it’s due to the fact that the fighters are lined up with various tv networks or streaming services. Often, it’s due to the fact that the promoters don’t work well together. Other times, it’s due to the fact that the supervisors or the fighters wish to safeguard their records.

Garcia, however, has actually consistently revealed he’s not about that. He desires the very best battles he can get, and he comprehends that fans will comprehend if he loses a bout due to the fact that he combated an elite challenger. Losing isn’t a criminal activity; not handling the most considerable obstacles is.

Pacquiao revealed that several times in his profession. He lost to Erik Morales in 2005, however returned to beat Morales two times more. He combated Juan Manuel Marquez 4 times, going 2-1-1. He beat Marc Antonio Barrera two times. He was 2-1 versus Timothy Bradley.

The point is, if you provide the general public great battles, the outcomes aren’t that considerable.

Garcia would likely be a huge underdog versus Pacquiao, who hasn’t combated considering that 2019 when he beat Keith Thurman. Layoffs like that are never ever excellent, however they’re specifically bothering for an older fighter. So while Pacquiao would be preferred, Garcia shouldn’t be marked down.

It’s one of the couple of battles Pacquiao might take in which he wouldn’t have actually a chosen speed and speed benefit.

Garcia was dropped in his last getaway by Luke Campbell, and Pacquiao is a far harder player than Campbell.

That, however, is the intrigue in the battle. It’s why individuals will view. Garcia will need to do a tightrope walk, discovering methods to land without putting himself in threat and getting captured by Pacquiao’s vaunted left hand.

The battle to produce Pacquiao protests Mikey Garcia, however for some factor, it has yet to occur.

So if Ryan Garcia — no relation to Mikey — wishes to challenge the Filipino senator, why not? Yes, a battle with WBA light-weight champ Gervonta Davis would have been appealing however it’s not like the battle is past due. There is a lot of time to make that bout.

Garcia would make a great deal of cash versus Pacquiao and increase his direct exposure. It would be a no-lose circumstance for him, also. Ought to he lose to Pacquiao, he combated a legend who is two times his age and battles 2 classes greater. Ought to he win, well, it would raise him a lot more.

We’ll see if it really happens, however the truth that Garcia wants to do it makes him my sort of a man.

And if you like to see fighters who wish to show themselves versus all comers, he needs to be your sort of a man, also.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.