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Panel: Is Manny Pacquiao fighting Ryan Garcia a good idea?

Manny Pacquiao
We ask a panel of experts about a possible Manny Pacquiao vs Ryan Garcia showdown

Matthew Hatton
European champion

It’s really interesting. When you see the level Pacquiao’s boxed at for so long, it’s phenomenal really. Would it be a passing of the torch? To be honest, I’d still back Pacquiao to win that, I think it could be a mistake for Garcia’s people. I liked what I saw of Garcia against Luke Campbell, but whether he’s ready for Pacquiao I’m not convinced.

Ryan Rhodes
Former world title challenger

I believe it’s a good idea only for one person and that’s Manny Pacquiao, Ryan Garcia is not ready for the elite fighters just yet, he needs another two years to improve.

Mickey Helliet
Manager and promoter

Pacquiao vs Garcia is a very intriguing fight. I hope they use VADA testing to avoid the slurs on Pacquiao. Pacquiao is a known brand so probably the best payday but a dangerous puncher none the less. The old saying ”the last thing to go is a fighter’s punch” could haunt Garcia who was heavily knocked down by Luke Campbell.

Declan Taylor
Sports journalist

I can’t work out what the caveat is here. Garcia is a lightweight, Manny Pacquiao beat up a big welterweight Keith Thurman in his last fight. I really don’t think this is a good idea for a 22-year-old 135lber. If Garcia wins it’s colossal but that’s a big if.

Read our report on Ryan Garcia’s fight with Luke Campbell here

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