‘Anything can happen’: MP Promotions chief weighs in on Pacquiao-Garcia fight

Published February 8, 2021, 5:14 PM

by Carlo Anolin

IDOL – Boxing fans are in for a treat should the fight between Manny Pacquiao, right, and Ryan Garcia pushes through. Garcia was the first one to announce that the match is on, but Pacquiao’s camp has not given out official details yet. (Photo from Manny Pacquiao’s Facebook page)

The much-hyped fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ryan Garcia may be portrayed as a classic youth versus experience storyline when the two meet in the boxing ring.

And MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said youth will be Garcia’s weapon against the aging Filipino boxing legend.

“The kid has youth on his side and can punch. His defense is suspect but the senator is 42 years old and been out of the ring for one year and [seven] months so anything can happen,” Gibbons told boxingscene.com, adding that negotiations are still taking place at the moment.

Read: Erik Morales: Pacquiao ‘can put Ryan to bed’ in two rounds

“They are ongoing and hopefully things will work out,” added Pacquiao’s right-hand man.

Gibbons’ recent update echoed the statement of Audie Attar of Paradigm Sports Management, the handler of Pacquiao, last week.

Attar recently announced that Pacquiao and his legal team in Manila are discussing things through and official details of his upcoming fight will be released in the coming weeks.

Boxing fans are still in the waiting game since there have been no official announcements from both camps.

The 22-year-old Garcia, however, was the first one to announce on social media that he will be facing the eight-division world champion, sidelining WBA lightweight and “super” junior lightweight titleholder Gervonta Davis in the process.

Read: Garcia’s trainer wants Davis instead of Pacquiao

Golden Boy Promotions, led by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, in early January also vowed to make the Pacquiao-Garcia bout happen before 2021 ends or by early next year.

Garcia recently maintained a perfect 21-0 record with 18 knockouts after stunning Luke Campbell in early January for the WBC interim lightweight championship while Pacquiao has not fought since scoring a split decision win against American Keith Thurman in July 2019.

Pacquiao’s inactivity prompted the World Boxing Association to strip of his super welterweight belt and declare him as “champion in recess.”