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Pacquiao vs Garcia in Dubai, says Vegafria

Roy Luarca
Pacquiao vs Garcia in Dubai, says Vegafria

BACK TO THE RING. Manny Pacquiao finally earns a fight since his victory over Keith Thurman.

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Arnold Vegafria, Pacquiao's business manager, posts a teaser of the blockbuster fight on Instagram

Manny Pacquiao is fighting Mikey Garcia in Dubai, likely in July 2021.

And unlike previous reports regarding Pacquiao’s next opponent, which only cited sources, this news breaker comes from someone who should know the real deal.

Arnold Vegafria, Pacquiao’s business manager, posted a teaser poster on Instagram on Tuesday afternoon, April 27, showing Pacquiao, boxing’s sole eight-division world champion, and four-division titlist Garcia.

Vegafria, Pacquiao legal counsel lawyer Brando Viernesto, and associates Jake Joson and Ping Nepomuceno represent Paradigm Sports Management, headed by Audie Attar, which has co-owned the rights for Pacquiao’s fights and promotional deals since last year.

This development came after Pacquiao’s supposed megabuck bout with World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Terence Crawford in the United Arab Emirates for June fell through, allegedly because the investor failed to produce the money guarantee.

Garcia claimed in March he’d be fighting Pacquiao in May but nothing concrete came out until it got buried by the Pacquiao-Crawford hullabaloo.

Out of the ring for 21 months, the 42-year-old Pacquiao (62-7-2) with 39 knockouts, has been doing light workouts in General Santos City with longtime local trainers Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri for two weeks though there was no mention of his opponent.

While Garcia, 40-1 with 30 knockouts, may not be as highly touted as Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), he has a larger fan base than the Nebraskan because of his Mexican lineage. –