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Golden Boy says Ryan Garcia vs. Manny Pacquiao is off, Teofimo Lopez ‘more feasible’

Garcia is being accused of "clout-chasing" by critics

According to Golden Boy promotions, Ryan Garcia’s (21-0-0, 18 KOs) fight with his latest reported potential opponent, former WBA super welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) is now off.

“There’s nothing to talk about there,” Golden Boy executive Eric Gomez said in an interview with ESPN. “They (Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum) contacted us, but it turns out there’s nothing to talk about. That fight isn’t going to happen.”

The move comes after Garcia, 22, took to his Instagram page less than 24 hours ago to try and ensure fans that the fight was not going to be an exhibition bout, but an official bout. This post appears now to be deleted. But the WBA already moved to remove Pacquiao on Friday as their super welterweight champion, designating him officially as a “champion in recess,” for inactivity.

And in another conflicting tidbit, Garcia representative Guadalupe Valencia said to The Athletic that Pacquiao is still an option.

Garcia’s last bout was a KO victory over Luke Campbell on Jan. 2, where he won the vacant WBC interim lightweight title. He called out WBA (regular) lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney in the post-fight interview.

It was reported WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said on Jan. 5 that Garcia would be the mandatory fight for WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney. But Garcia instead targeted WBA regular lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis. But nothing came of the preamble smoke.

Apparently, the focus is now on WBA Super Champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0-0, 12 KOs) as his next potential opponent.

“Teofimo is more feasible,” Gomez said to ESPN. “It’s one of the fights that’s obviously of interest to Ryan Garcia. It could be a great fight.”

Garcia is currently being criticized by some experts for his inability to sign contracts with the fighters he claimed he wants to fight and simply using their names to “clout-chase.”

As of this writing, there has been no official comment by Garcia yet on Golden Boy’s statement on the Pacquiao fight.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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