Manny Pacquiao vs. Mikey Garcia Isn’t A Done Deal
Fight fans have long heard about a potential clash between Manny Pacquiao and Mikey Garcia but the bout still isn’t set in stone.
Over the past few months, Pacquiao has been flirting with the idea of fighting WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford, former UFC “Champ-Champ” Conor McGregor, and Garcia. With the Crawford and McGregor talks falling apart, that leaves Garcia.
While it seems like an easy match to make given that Garcia is chomping at the bit to fight “Pac-Man,” things have gotten a bit complicated. As Garcia notes, Pacquiao is represented by many people who appear to be giving him mixed signals.
Speaking to Dan Rafael of World Boxing News, Garcia said he’s been close to securing the fight but it isn’t official yet.
“We’ve been close to getting something, but we just haven’t been able to lock it in. We feel we’re almost there, and then it just doesn’t quite get there. The pandemic has been part of it. Initially, we thought it would be sometime in May. This was a few months back, like January, February. Now May is out, June is out because we’re not there yet. We need time to promote and to work and train. We’ve had all these ideas and conversations and just haven’t been able to lock it in.”
Pacquiao hasn’t competed since his July 2019 win over Keith Thurman. Pacquiao captured the WBA (Super) Welterweight Title but was designated to WBA Champion in Recess in early 2021 due to inactivity. Yordenis Ugas is now recognized as the WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion.
Garcia’s last fight was back in February 2020. He was able to rebound from his lone career loss to Errol Spence Jr. by defeating Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision.