Mikey Garcia Talks Sparring Manny Pacquiao and Potential Fight
Like flies at a backyard barbecue, there has been constant speculation flying about a potential bout between WBC welterweight diamond belt champion Mikey Garcia (40-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA super world welterweight champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s). Garcia has confirmed that there are talks and this is his first choice for his would-be next bout.
CHASING THE PACQUIAO PROPOSITION
However, with boxing being the unpredictable world that it is, there is no guarantee that this will be the next prizefight for the two impressive pugilists. Yet, if it does come to be, then Garcia is more than confident that he has what it takes to topple the fistic-minded politician. And why shouldn’t he be?
The Californian native is a four-division world champion and is fresh off his first successful fight in the welterweight division. After twelve hard fought rounds, Garcia claimed a well-earned unanimous decision victory over Jessie “The Pride of Las Vegas” Vargas (29-3-2, 11 KO’s) to snatch up the then-vacant WBC welterweight diamond belt. With the acquisition and win over the former two-division world champion, Garcia is primed and ready for Pacquiao.
“It would be a great thing for my legacy to get in the ring with an all-time great like Manny. It’s not very often that we get to possibly have the opportunity to fight an all-time great. So in order for me to get in that ring with Manny, that would be amazing. And I think I can definitely show everybody that even though he looked great, I can take him out and show that I am just as great, but I need that opportunity. I need to get in the ring with him.”
LET’S DO IT AGAIN…BUT FOR REAL!!
While Garcia does want to slide through the ropes to fight Manny in a legitimized prizefight, he has already done so while unofficially sparring. Certainly the WBC welterweight diamond belt champion understands there is a world of difference between sparring and fighting under the bright lights, but he still feels the experience is just one more personal indication that can beat the living legend.
“We sparred Manny many, many years ago, so things are going to be a lot different. He’s developed, he’s more experienced also but I’m also more experienced. You know, when I sparred him I think was like 18 or 19 or something. Yeah, it was a long time ago. But I did very well as the time, I felt that having the opportunity to spar, I learned from and it helped me be the fighter that I am also.”
Stay tuned to 3kingsboxing to see what materializes next for Garcia and Manny Pacquiao.
By: Bakari Simpson