Mikey Garcia next to face Manny Pacquiao?
Throughout boxing circles there has been rampant scuttlebutt about WBA super world super-welterweight champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) taking on MMA superstar “Notorious” Connor McGregor. In his only professional boxing outing, McGregor took on, and was knocked out by, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (50-0, 27 KO’s) back on August 26, 2017.
So it really is no surprise to hear that Pacquiao was thinking about adding McGregor to his ledger. He and Mayweather have shared a year’s long rivalry, and the Pac Man frequently has tried to outshine Money. Attempting to beat the Notorious one in better and quicker fashion would be right up his alley. Yet, according to former four division world champion Mikey Garcia (40-1, 30 KO’s), McGregor will have to wait his turn.
GARCIA V PACQUIAO IS NEXT?
While conducting an interview with Fight Hype, Garcia spoke in very confident tones that he will be Pacquiao’s next in-ring adversary.
“McGregor has to take a number. McGregor’s next fight might be, mostly likely Manny Pacquiao. But before that Manny Pacquiao has to fight me first and that’s 100 percent!”
WHO WILL GET THE PACQUIAO GOLD TICKET?
The notion of Garcia taking on Pacquiao is nothing new as the potential bout has been floated around for years. It would be somewhat odd if they fought now due to the relative inactivity of the Californian slugger.
It has now been seven months since he fought second tier boxer Jessie “The Pride of Las Vegas” Vargas (29-3-2, 11 KO’s). Prior to the bout with Vargas, Garcia was idle for nearly a full year. His previous bout was a twelve-round mauling at the hands of WBC and IBF world welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s). The one-sided annihilation came eight months after his win over Robert Easter Jr (22-1-1, 14 KO’s).
Although in spite of his relative inactivity, Garcia does have a major name and commands an impressive following. From that standpoint, a fight with Pacquiao certainly could be a very financially lucrative showdown. So, for the time being, the boxing public will have to wait and see which, if either, Garcia or McGregor gets the next crack at the fighting politician.
By: Bakari Simpson