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Manny Pacquiao vs Ryan Garcia is going to be a “real fight”

Ryan Garcia with Manny Pacquiao

Ryan Garcia 21-0 (18) looks set to face Manny Pacquiao 62-7-2 (39) in a 10-round non-title fight in Texas before the middle of the year.

Henry Garcia, the father of red-hot lightweight contender Garcia, claimed “it’s going to be a real fight” against the eight-division world champion.

“Everybody has agreed, all there is left are the details. But both parties have already agreed; promoters have agreed, sanctioning bodies have agreed, so we’re very close to sealing the deal,” Henry Garcia told Sky Sports.

“We’re going to know this week if everything goes through, we’re negotiating today, they are already in discussion.

“I believe Ryan is ready for Manny Pacquiao because when Ryan puts his mind to something he’s not going to back down, he’s got all of the confidence in the world. When you have that confidence and motivation and drive, you can focus on what’s in front of you and you’re most likely going to become victorious.

“Ryan likes to take control and we understood that when (Keith) Thurman put pressure on Manny, he had a hard time fighting backwards – when you reach a certain age you’re no longer as strong as a 20-year-old. We stand a very good chance.

“He’s 20 years younger than Pacquiao and we feel that’s to our advantage and that’s one of the reasons why I feel it’s a changing of the guard fight – it’s our time.”

Filipino superstar Pacquiao, 42, is the reigning WBA welterweight champion. His last fight was a split decision win over Keith Thurman 29-1 (22) in July 2019.

The 22-year-old Garcia scored a breakthrough win with his up-off-the-canvas seventh-round knockout of two-time world title challenger Luke Campbell earlier this month.

“We understand how important experience is,” Garcia’s father continued.

“Manny Pacquiao is well rounded. We understand all that, but there’s one thing we understand as well and that’s called the changing of the guard, and we feel it is our time. It’s time for Ryan to step-up, and as long as the weight isn’t too ridiculous, we have a chance to do it.”

Garcia currently competes two weight classes below Pacquiao with any fight likely to take place at a catchweight.

“I’d like that fight at 143 and I’d love that fight to happen in April or May. This one is possibly going to be in Texas, we’re not sure yet,” Garcia said.

Garcia said the fight would not be an exhibition in the mould of the recent Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr bout or the proposed Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul bout.

“We don’t know exact details yet but we’re looking at a good 10-rounder but it’s going to be a real fight, that I do know,” he said.

Garcia added that he did not think Pacquiao’s WBA belt would be on the line: “I don’t think so – that’s the direction we’re heading down because no one wants to lose status but they do both want to fight each other and that’s the key.

“It’s not bizarre, it’s just two people who want to fight each other; Ryan’s fighting a legend and Pacquiao’s fighting a rising star, so it’s not awkward at all. What I do know is both fighters want to fight each other and it’s going to be for real – it’s going to be a real fight.

“Ryan always admired Pacquiao and always wanted to fight a legend before his time was up, he wanted to fight someone of Pacquiao’s calibre, so there’s a chance it could happen.”