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Manny Pacquiao next fight: Danny Garcia doesn’t think the Filipino boxer really wants to fight him

Manny Pacquiao in the promo trailer of his fight with Adrien Broner | Photo credit: SHOWTIME Sports/YouTube screenshot

Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao’s camp has said several times that the Filipino boxer intends to return to the ring early this year. While official details of his next fight remain unknown, it is clear that he would not run out of eager opponents, and one of them is Danny “Swift” Garcia. However, the American fight shared an interesting thought suggesting that Pacquiao might not really be willing to fight him.

Is Manny Pacquiao not really up for a match with Danny Garcia?

Garcia is one of the most repeatedly mentioned names when Pacquiao’s next fight is being discussed. Even in 2019, Garcia’s name came up when fans and analysts were trying to determine who was going to be Pacquiao’s second opponent that year. However, the Filipino’s team went for Thurman from which he won the WBA (Super) welterweight title.

In an interview with (via BoxingScene), Garcia said Pacquiao’s camp might only be bringing up his name as his possible 2020 opponent “for the hype.” He added, “Pacman said it, and then he fought Thurman. So he’s saying it again, but let’s see.”

At 41, Pacquiao still dominates the sport and has won his 2019 fights against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman. His recent performances only make the younger boxers even more hungry to defeat the athlete-politician in a way that might convince him to retire. Garcia shares the same sentiment saying, “Manny Pacquiao is a legend I respect him but Danny Garcia is a legend killer!”

Garcia went on to insist that he has a better chance of defeating Pacquiao than the Filipino boxer’s recent opponents. The Philadelphia-born fight said he is better than Thurman in timing, knockout punch power, and counter-attacks. Garcia lost to Thurman in a 2016 match via split decision allowing the latter to unify the WBA and WBC welterweight belts.

Manny Pacquiao: Could he fight Mikey Garcia instead?

Mikey Garcia has also become a very familiar name to fans following updates about Pacquiao’s next fight. While Danny has a bolder tone when talking about his possible match with the eight-division world champion, Mikey believes he needs to “earn it.”

The California native is coming off his first professional after moving up two weight classes to face Spence last March. Mikey is likely meant that he needed to win his upcoming bout with Jessie Vargas on Feb. 29 at The Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, to prove that he is a worthy opponent for Pacquiao.

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