Mikey Garcia: Pacquiao will stop McGregor

Published March 25, 2021, 3:13 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Manny Pacquiao, Mikey Garcia and Conor McGregor (Photos from Top Rank and Conor McGregor’s Twitter account)

American welterweight Mikey Garcia isn’t a fan of the idea that Conor McGregor would return to boxing soon, saying that Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao will stop the Irishman in an “entertainment” match.

Speaking to Little Giant Boxing, Garcia said McGregor wouldn’t really fare well with the Filipino eight-division world boxing champion.

“Pacquiao winning, stopping Conor,” Garcia quickly replied when asked how the match will progress. “As long as Manny wants to let it go, let it continue.”

It would be recalled that McGregor was also one of the projected opponents for Pacquiao, but the bout went down the drain after the Irish fighter suffered defeat at the hands of Justin Poirier in a rematch in the Octagon and vowed to focus on mixed martial arts first.

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That said, Garcia said McGregor doesn’t have a chance of earning a world boxing title and would be easily defeated by up-and-coming fighters in the boxing realm.

Garcia’s reason is simple: “Never happening. He (McGregor) is not a boxer. Never gonna happen.”

Meanwhile, Garcia, who holds a 40-1 record on top of 30 knockouts, earlier said the negotiation between his and Pacquiao’s camp has been going back-and-forth.

Both Pacquiao, 42, and Garcia, 33, coincidentally, are eyeing their boxing comeback in May.

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Pacquiao, for his part, has not fought since scoring a split decision win over Keith Thurman in July 2019 to improve at 62-7-2 record with 39 KOs.

In late January, the Filipino boxer-turned-senator was stripped of his WBA super welterweight belt and was declared “champion in recess” due to inactivity.