A long break in professional martial arts is mostly not a good and positive thing, especially if you are 42 years old and have been in professional sports for 26 years. Many would simply say in that case that there is no point in going back one more time, especially if you have won more through your career than many can even imagine.
But Manny Pacquiao is not one of those. Although he last performed back in July 2019, he will soon have a new big exam ahead of him. The WBA welterweight champion should play a match against a boxer who was considered his legitimate successor ten years ago (which he confirmed in part), but also a boxer who has been looking for this match for years and hopes for the same.
It’s about Mikey Garcia, another fighter who has more than an impressive resume behind him. "We are currently finalizing all the details and hope to have the exact date, location, and everything that goes along with it within a few days."
"We are trying to arrange everything for May. We have been working on this match for a long time, for a couple of years. it all started with COVID, and about a month ago we went back to negotiations and we are close to a final agreement.
I am very excited, "Garcia said in an interview with Jo Anker.
The 33-year-old Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) is a former world champion of four different categories and last competed in February last year, when he defeated Jessie Vargas.
Before that, he suffered the only defeat in his career so far, when Errol Spence Jr. was better than him in the match for the IBF welterweight title. It was Mikey’s attempt to reach the title in the fifth different category, and he will repeat that if the match against Manny is officially arranged.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO) is one of the greatest boxers in history, and the fact that he won the world title in as many as eight different categories speaks in favor of that. In his last match, he made a big surprise, as before the match with Keith Thurman he was written off by many, to come to a victory against the undefeated champion, but even more impressive was the performance in which he recalled his best days.
He continued to present great speed, especially for a man in his fifth decade of life. Until recently, Manny was in negotiations for a match against almost twice as young Ryan Garcia, but the talented American confirmed that there will be nothing from the match because negotiations have been interrupted.
His last name took advantage of the opportunity and it seems that we will get another spectacular test in the standard strong boxing in May.