Robert Garcia warns brother of dangerous fight vs Pacquiao

Published March 11, 2021, 4:31 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Photos from Top Rank

Former boxing champion-turned-trainer Robert Garcia believed that his younger brother Mikey would face a big test if the fight against Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao pushes through.

Robert himself isn’t sure if the negotiation between the two is doing well, but the older Garcia bared that it will be an “interesting fight” and beneficial for Mikey, who holds a 40-1 record on top of 30 knockouts.

The former IBF super featherweight champion, however, is firm that Pacquiao can defy age once again.

“Pacquiao is Pacquiao. We’ve all seen his last fight against [Keith] Thurman… and Pacquiao dominated. He won the fight, he dropped Thurman,” Garcia said in an interview with Fight Hub TV posted on Youtube Thursday, March 11. “Even at 40-some, Pacquiao is still Pacquiao. He’s one of those few fighters that we see [once] in a lifetime.”

It may be a coincidence that Garcia began training camp in almost the same time that Pacquiao had teased a comeback on social media, saying that “training camp has begun.”

Despite their close brotherly ties, Robert disclosed that Mikey is indeed back in the gym but “won’t say anything” and “keeps everything to himself.” 

Mikey, 33, for his part, earlier said he won’t comment on any further details until the bout is official.  The fight between Pacquiao and Garcia was a long time coming though and has been the talk of the town for more than five years now.

That said, Robert saw the hard work and hunger of his younger brother entering into training camp.

“It’s pretty interesting but the fight won’t be easy. I know for a fact that Pacquiao always trains hard. Pacquiao still has a lot left in his body so it would be a dangerous fight,” added the 46-year-old Garcia.

The younger Garcia last saw action in February last year with a unanimous decision win against Jessie Vargas, a former opponent of Pacquiao, while the 42-year-old Filipino icon has not fought since scoring a split decision win over Thurman last July 2019. 

In late January, Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) was stripped of his WBA super welterweight belt and was declared “champion in recess” due to inactivity.