Ryan Garcia: Exhibition Or Not, ‘I’m Trying To Knock Manny Pacquiao Out’
Ryan Garcia plans to put Manny Pacquiao on the canvas, regardless of whether he faces him in an exhibition or a pro bout.
There has been a lot of chatter surrounding a potential clash between Garcia and Pacquiao. While Garcia has a mandate to fight WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haney, he’s been eyeing other opportunities. One of those opportunities is possibly sharing the ring with Pacquiao, who was recently designated as the WBA Welterweight Champion “in Recess.”
A report from Steve Kim revealed that a bout between Garcia and Pacquiao isn’t a done deal but it would likely be an exhibition. During an interview with ESPN, Garcia responded to that report by saying he’ll be gunning for the knockout regardless.
“The fight is going to be a fight. Whether they named it an exhibition or a real certified match, I’m throwing punches like I’m trying to knock Manny Pacquiao out. If you get two people in the ring with 8- or 10-ounce gloves with no headgear, you tell me if that would be an exhibition or a real fight, knowing that we’re both real fighters. I’m not going in there to throw pillow punches. I’m throwing the punches I throw and I’m sure Manny will throw the punches he throws. You guys can call it whatever you want.”
Garcia is coming off an interim WBC Lightweight Title win. “KingRy” captured the gold by defeating Luke Campbell via seventh-round knockout.
As for Pacquiao, he hasn’t competed since winning the WBA (Super) Welterweight gold back in July 2019. He beat Keith Thurman to capture the championship. Pacquiao had been eyeing a showdown with UFC star Conor McGregor but interest decreased following the “Notorious” one’s upset defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.