Mikey Garcia Hoping For Clash With Pacquiao
Looking to truly make his mark in the welterweight division, Mikey Garcia continues to campaign for a match with former WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.
Speaking on Matchroom Boxing’s The Rounds podcast, Garcia (40-1) discussed the possibility of facing off against one of the top fighters in the world today. He even stated that a fight with Pacquiao (62-7-2) was on the table at some point.
“That’s the fight that I would pursue the most,” said Garcia, via Boxing News 24. “That would be a terrific fight, first of all, and exciting fight. Pacquiao is a living legend, he comes to fight, and he’s the greatest.
“I would definitely pursue a fight. That would just add to my legacy to be able to get in the ring and compete with a man himself. Before my fight with Jessie [Vargas], we were already having discussions and conversations with Team Pacquiao about a fight. They were on board, and they liked the idea.”
Throughout his career, Garcia has managed to dominate the featherweight and lightweight divisions. A WBO Featherweight and WBC and IBF Lightweight Champion, Garcia tried his take at welterweight when he faced Errol Spence Jr. for the IBF Welterweight Title. He lost the March 2019 matchup via unanimous decision, a one-sided affair that had many people doubt his quest.
Garcia then rebounded with a win over Jessie Vargas back in February. Looking to be a mainstay at 147, Garcia is hoping he is one step closer to the WBA Welterweight Champion in Pacquiao.
The 41-year-old Pacquiao beat Keith Thurman for the WBA Welterweight Title back in July. He has several fighters coming up to him requesting to clash. According to Rappler, Garcia and Terence Crawford are the closest to earn a shot at him. With Garcia confident in his ability at welterweight, his goal of being a top fighter can come to fruition if he can somehow get to Pacquiao.
“Obviously, they have other options as well, but they did like the idea enough at least to entertain the possibility of a fight between us,” Garcia went on to say. ”I think the door is probably better now and open more than ever before. At least now that I’m fighting at welterweight, I feel better.”
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