Ryan Garcia eyeing Manny Pacquiao for next fight, no deal officially done yet

Ryan Garcia has his sights set on one of the greatest ever.

Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) has made easy work of his competition in recent years, but his next opponent is among the pantheon of boxing greats, with Garcia wanting a fight with Manny Pacquiao for his next bout.

Garcia shared a fan-made poster on Instagram over the weekend, making it seem like a bout with Pacquiao was a certainty, but nothing is set in stone yet.

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“A dream turned reality,” Garcia writes. “It’s an honor to share the Ring with @mannypacquiao I will always respect what you did in and out the ring. Here’s to the Best Man Winning.”

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It’s worth noting that there’s been no official word that Garcia and Pacquiao will meet in the ring, but recent reports indicate that a fight deal is closer to getting done. 

On Jan. 24, The Athletic reported that the Garcia and Pacquiao camps were in talks for a showdown, but certain obstacles remain in the way. Chief among them, the weight division; Garcia is currently fighting at 135 while Pacquiao has been fighting at welterweight, with a single fight at lightweight in his career. 

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), was rumored for a bout with MMA star Conor McGregor, but McGregor’s knockout loss to Dustin Poirier over the weekend may have sidelined those plans.

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Gervonta Davis was next in line to fight Garcia, but Garcia is expected to put aside Davis for a bout with “PacMan.”

Pacquiao hasn’t fought since July 2019, a split-decision victory over Keith Thurman.