An executive for Golden Boy Promotions has seemingly poured cold water on the idea of Manny Pacquiao vs. Ryan Garcia.
Rumors and reports have swirled regarding a potential clash between Pacquiao and Garcia. “KingRy” has long been a fan of Pacquiao but he’s made it clear that he wants to share the ring with “PacMan.” Steve Kim, formerly of ESPN, reported that while the fight isn’t a done deal, it would be an exhibition match. Garcia denied this, saying the bout would be a real fight.
While the old saying goes, “where there’s smoke there’s fire,” Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez may have put the fire out. Gomez told ESPN that there is nothing to the chatter of Pacquiao vs. Garcia.
“There’s nothing to talk about there. They contacted us, but it turns out there’s nothing to talk about. That fight isn’t going to happen.”
Gomez went on to say that a showdown between Garcia and Teofimo Lopez is more likely than a clash with Pacquiao.
“Teofimo is more feasible. It’s one of the fights that’s obviously of interest to Ryan Garcia. It could be a great fight.”
Garcia’s representative, Guadalupe Valencia, insists that talks are in place for the matchup between Garcia and Pacquiao.
“We’re discussing terms. Manny and Ryan want it and instructed their teams to make it happen. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Garcia last competed in January. He captured the interim WBC Lightweight Championship by knocking out Luke Campbell. Pacquiao hasn’t fought since July 2019 when he defeated Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Super) Welterweight Title. Pacquiao was recently designated to “champion in recess” due to his inactivity.