Garcia: To Become A Legend I Have To Beat Pacquiao

With no fight on the horizon for Manny Pacquiao, former world champion Danny Garcia wants his chance at history.

“In order to become a legend, you’ve gotta beat the legend,” Garcia said. “You know, Manny Pacquiao’s had an incredible career. Being 40 years old and beating a prime Thurman, he’s had an incredible career. He’s somebody definitely all the boxers should look up to. And for me to get the opportunity to fight him, you know, you’ve gotta beat the legend to be the legend. And that’s how I look at it.”

Before Garcia can square off with the Filipino Senator, Garcia returns to Barclays Center on January 25th to face off against Ivan Redkach on Showtime, and with a win, Garcia hopes to do better than his rival Keith Thurman did last year.

“That’s a big win,” Garcia said of Pacquiao’s split-decision defeat of Thurman. “He’s definitely a Hall-of-Famer. I just don’t know what he has left to prove if you really think about it. Probably the money – that’s about it. But he’s a legend. He’s done it all, and he’s still here. So, someone has to get him out of there to get him to retire.”

“I wasn’t surprised because stylistically, it’s a good style for Pacquiao,” Garcia said of Thurman.

“It’s kind of like when he fought Cotto. Cotto’s the same type of fighter, uses lateral movement. And Pacquiao’s good at cutting the ring off, and he throws shorter punches. I knew that would be a difference. I knew whoever won the fight, it would be by split decision. And that’s what happened.”

Report: Boxing Scene

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