Garcia Eyes Pacquiao Fight This Year
Fighting for the second time at welterweight, Mikey Garcia knows a win against Jessie Vargas on February 29th can lead to one of the biggest fights of his career.
“There’s a lot of buzz going around on a potential Manny Pacquiao fight. It’s a fight that’s been brought up for years. Now it’s starting to pick up a lot of steam,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com in an interview.
“He has obligations in the Philippines government, and I wanted to get a return fight [after losing to Errol Spence Jr]. I don’t know if he will be available or not, but I think the second half of 2020 might be ready for both of us to get in the ring. Maybe he gets something before that. By then, I’ll be ready to get back in the ring. I didn’t want to just wait. If I look forward to bigger fights, than the biggest fight for me is Manny Pacquiao.”
The idea of Garcia and Pacquiao was in-play while both were under the same umbrella, but legal issues negated that idea.
“When we were both at Top Rank, they brought up the idea of possibly getting in the ring with Manny. I loved the idea, but it never really happened,” Garcia continued.
“My litigation of Top Rank put all those plans to the side,” said Garcia. “The idea was for me to win the Spence fight in March and land Manny next, but it didn’t go my way. Maybe I have to take another fight or two before that. If that option is available in the near future, I’m definitely going to take that fight.”
“Everyone counted Manny out after the Marquez KO in 2012, and he came back,” said Garcia who signed a short-term deal with Matchroom Boxing at the end of 2019.
“The performance he had against Thurman impressed everybody. It impressed me. He was the old-school Manny. He turned back the clock ten years, or even more. You don’t know how he’s going to come in. I can’t say I’m going to retire him. I can never say that, because he can become champion multiple times again [even after I fight him]. He might even move up to 154 and beat some of the guys there. He’s done it before. You just never know.”