Manny Pacquiao will soon begin to make plans for his next fight, amid his work as a Filipino senator.
The eight-division champion defeated Keith Thurman on points in a sensational 12-rounder in July, and has since been back in his homeland fulfilling his political commitments.
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Now though, Sean Gibbons (a representative for Pacquiao’s MP Promotions) has told ESPN’s Steve Kim: “Here, in the next month or so, he [Pacquiao] will take a look.
“He’ll see what’s out there. He’ll take a look at Danny Garcia, he’ll take a look at Mikey Garcia.
“Those are the two frontrunners.”
While both of the potential Garcia fights carry intrigue for boxing fans, this news may come as a disappointment for some who wanted to see Manny take on one of his fellow welterweight champions, Terence Crawford or Errol Spence, next.
Danny Garcia is a former two-division world champion with a record of 35-2 (21 KOs).
He lost his WBC welterweight title to Thurman in 2017 and was beaten again by Shawn Porter last year as he attempted to win it back.
Mikey Garcia is a former four-division world champion with a record of 39-1 (30 KOs).
In his last fight, he challenged Spence in an attempt to become a five-weight king, but was comfortably outclassed and lost a shutout decision.
Mikey Garcia is on the verge of vacating his WBC lightweight title, according to reports.
The Mexican-American recently jumped up two divisions and challenged IBF welterweight king Errol Spence Jr, losing by shutout decision.
Following the bout, there has been much speculation regarding whether the four-weight world champion would return back to his old weight class and defend his crown, and ESPNmx claim he’s now made his decision.
It’s reported that Garcia will become ‘emeritus’ champion, which entitles him to return to lightweight at any point and instantly fight to regain his old belt if he so chooses.
In the meantime, the world title will be vacated and freed up so that British mandatory challenger Luke Campbell can contest for it.
The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist beat Yvan Mendy in a final eliminator rematch last September to earn his opportunity.
It is currently unclear who he will be ordered to face for the belt, with Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 25 years old) ranked in the number two spot.
Behind him sit two of the hottest prospects in world boxing as Americans Devin Haney (21-0, 20 years old) and Teofimo Lopez (13-0, 21 years old) are ranked third and fourth respectively.
Another option could see Campbell sanctioned to face unified WBA and WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko in a three-belt unification.
This would be a rare move from the WBC, but has been suggested by Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum, who claims he’ll attempt to make a deal with Campbell to stage that bout in the UK.
But, such is his skillset and fight IQ, plenty of critics refused to rule out the 39-0 challenger.
However, after the weigh ins on Friday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas fans began to voice their concerns for the naturally smaller man.
Looking slightly fleshier than he has been for previous fights, Garcia was dwarfed by his opponent on stage.
As the potential fight of the year draws closer, some concerned fans took to Twitter to pas son their ominous warnings to the 31-year-old.
See what they had to say below!
Watching the weigh in, it’s quite clear. Mikey Garcia is tiny compared to Spence. Garcia is daring to be great. He’s been a prodigy from a very young age. He is part of a boxing family. He will be calculated. Can Garcia’s ring IQ get him over the line? Leave a comment.
Mikey looks a little thick and still pales in comparison to Spence’s size during his weight cut. That is a significant difference that could be the deciding factor in this fight considering they are both highly skilled.
The size difference makes me nervous. If it was anyone but Mikey, I would pick Spence. I also worry Spence will break Mikey's nose or orbital bone. However lol … Mikey is a special fighter. I love this fight!
Errol Spence has sent a serious warning to Mikey Garcia ahead of their welterweight title bout on Saturday night in Texas, USA.
The Dallas fighter nicknamed ‘The Truth’ gave a resounding speech at the final press conference, telling his Mexican-American rival he should have taken family members’ advice and stayed in the lighter weight classes.
“He really thinks he’s gonna take this title and take it back to California. It’s not happening,” Spence declared as he gave his final comments.
“I know I’m the best fighter in the world and we’re gonna show it come Saturday night.
“They’ve been real cocky talking a lot of crap, him and his brothers.
Errol Spence with a strong final statement to Mikey Garcia at the press conference before their fight on Saturday night. pic.twitter.com/jTfjvkZZV4