Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 October 2019

Manny Pacquiao weighs up clash against either Mikey Garcia or Danny Garcia

WBA welterweight champion is coming off recent wins against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman

Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Reuters
Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Reuters

Manny Pacquiao is reportedly weighing up a clash with either Mikey Garcia or Danny Garcia next.

The 40-year-old Filipino has been linked once more with a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr, but reports this weekend claim representative Sean Gibbons stated the Garcias are in pole position to face him. It is said a decision could be made in a month or two.

Pacquiao, the reigning WBA welterweight champion, has fought twice already this year, defeating both Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman on points. The eight-division champion is currently serving as senator in his home country.

Mikey Garcia, 31, suffered the first professional defeat of his 40-fight career earlier this year when he lost a unanimous decision to IBF champion Errol Spence Jr in Texas in March. It took the American’s record to 39-1, with 30 knockouts.

Danny Garcia, meanwhile, is coming off a technical knockout victory against Adrien Granados in California. However, the 31-year-old American has lost two of his past four fights, with his record sitting at 35-2 (21 KOs).

Despite approaching his 41st birthday in December, Pacquiao remains incredibly active with his win against the previously undefeated Thurman in July representing his third world title bout in 12 months.

A huge basketball fan, Pacquiao will be in Dubai this week to play two exhibition matches as part of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) event, entitled Dubai Invasion 2019, on Friday and Saturday. It takes place at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

Updated: September 22, 2019 12:28 PM

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