Now I’m fully recovered from my hangover, I can concentrate on this screen a little more. Yesterday’s post was fine but not my strongest nor did I feel like it had to go out. I just have a vague interest in UFC and mainly in Conor McGregor as he’s such an interesting character…
Now I’m glad that my attention can be turned from a Pacquiao-McGregor super-fight to an intriguing potential showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Ryan Garcia. The latter only recently mentioned his desire to take on the Filipino living legend before he retires, along with a series of bizarre statements following his emphatic KO win over Luke Campbell.
At the time it seemed a bit brash, cocky and most importantly unrealistic. One campaigns at 135lbs with one world-class win under his belt, the other is an eight-weight World champion who holds a title at 147lbs. In the aftermath of Pacquiao’s big money fight going up in flames, it now seems more realistic than originally believed.
It brings up all the original questions of Ryan Garcia’s acid test against Luke Campbell, is it too early for him? He hasn’t been tested at that level. Luke Campbell is a bloody brilliant fighter but Manny Pacquiao is, still in his later years, an elite fighter. It’s not quite on the scale of Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul, which by the way I have no idea how that will work, but it’s also not ridiculous to think it could happen and give Ryan Garcia another chance to prove how good he actually is.
We’ve seen it time and time again where the odds have been proven wrong and do I give Garcia a chance of defeating Manny Pacquiao? Yeah I do. A fresh, young fighter with a hell of a punch against one of the greatest fighters of the last two decades. The reason why? Age for one, although we’ve seen Pacquiao ‘roll back the years’ with his recent wins, but also we know Manny is not a natural welterweight. The world champion has moved through eight weight classes for christ’s sake.
I think it’s important to mention that I don’t think Garcia is just going to go in there and blitz Pacquiao out in a couple of rounds. I’m just pointing out that it’s not unthinkable to see anything other than a Pacquiao win. I love that it’s also a lot closer and interesting than a Pacquaio-McGregor fight would’ve been. As much as I would’ve liked the betting odds on that fight, this is again a brilliant fight for Ryan Garcia to prove that he’s ready for anyone. There was no way he was going to fight Gervonta Davis next in my eyes. Eddy Reynoso, who trains Ryan Garcia is one of the most intelligent coaches I’ve witnessed in my short time in boxing, and I know he’ll be mapping out Garcia’s career with perfect timing.
So to conclude, yes I hope this fight happens. Whether it’s at 147lbs or 140lbs with no title on the line. I want to see what both guys have at this stage of their contrasting careers. As for a prediction, I’m not sure just yet. With Pacquiao being out of the ring since July 2019, I don’t know how that will affect him, but I also don’t know how early it is for Garcia to take this kind of opponent on. I’m just excited for whatever happens next for Garcia, as he plays a pivotal role in the future of that lightweight quartet.