Rising boxing star Ryan Garcia teased of a fight with Manny Pacquiao as he claimed his “dream turned reality.”
The young American implied he will be facing the Filipino boxing legend in the ring soon by posting a poster-like photo of them on social media.
“It’s an honor to share the ring with [Manny Pacquiao],” Garcia wrote on Instagram. “I will always respect what you did in and out [of] the ring. Here’s to the best man winning.”
Garcia has been vocal about his desire to fight Pacquiao, hailing his rags-to-riches journey that saw him rise from poverty and become the only eight-division world champion in boxing.
“I’m just saying, can we share that ring together and please pass that torch to me?” Garcia said in a previous interview.
At only 22 years old, Garcia is one of the fastest rising stars of the sport, tallying an immaculate 21-0-0 record with 18 knockouts.
Garcia suffered his first knockdown in his most recent fight against Luke Campbell earlier in January but he bounced back and pulled off a seventh-round technical knockout win for the WBC interim lightweight title.
The 42-year-old Pacquiao, meanwhile, has not fought in more than a year.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 knockouts) last graced the ring in July 2019 when he beat Keith Thurman via split decision to capture the WBA (super) welterweight belt. – Rappler.com