MANILA, Philippines – Former fourth-division World Champion Mikey Garcia hopes that a match against Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao could take place in 2020.
According to FightHype.com, Garcia's team was in talks with world welterweight champion WBA Suprt, but acknowledged that things are still on the brink of failure and nothing has been finalized.
Pacquiao had a spectacular year in 2019, defeating Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman.
"We've talked a long time ago about a fight against Manny Pacquiao, and it seems to be very close and it can actually happen," Garcia said. "He just has some obligations [as a Philippine senator]. He's still busy, but the last thing I've heard is that he's interested in fighting early in the summer. "
"There is no enemy secured so I want to jump in and try and win this fight."
Garcia (39-1), who leapt from lightweight to welterweight, last entered the ring on March 16, 2019, but lost to Errol Spence following a unanimous decision that ended his incredible winning streak in 39 bouts.
Pacquiao, nine years older than Garcia, has scored three wins and five wins in the last six bouts.
Garcia said he does not care where his fight against Pacquiao takes place, but an event in Las Vegas could be secured.
"Wherever fans enjoy it most, countries are likely to fight in Vegas," Garcia said. "Let's face it, we have most of our fans here, not everyone will be able to travel to Saudi Arabia or to an exotic location, but I'm also open to fighting elsewhere."
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