Manny Pacquiao Vs. Mikey Garcia World Title Fight Could Be Set For March 2020

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It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that Manny Pacquiao’s most probable next opponent is Mikey Garcia. There hasn’t been a formal announcement, yet. Neither fighter has hinted at fighting each other recently, however, to quote Holmes, “How often have I said that when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Well in this case, the “Truth” being Errol Spence Jr, seems to no longer be an option.

Yes, I know, it has already been reported that Danny Garcia and Mikey Garcia were frontrunners, but with Spence eluding to the fact that he would be facing Danny Garcia next on the FOX pay-per-view broadcast last night, that leaves only one possible option for Pacquiao. That would be Mikey Garcia. I know, you’re impressed with my deductive reasoning.

In all seriousness, PBC is doing everything it can to get Garcia a crack at the welterweight title that escaped him when he fought Spence in Texas in March and it seems like the ship for Pacquiao’s fantasy rematch against Floyd Mayweather has sailed. In fact, the oddsmakers are still holding out hope, even if it it’s in vain. The boxing odds at MyBookie still have odds up for a December 31 Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2 fight.

THE MATCHUP

I think Pacquiao vs. Garcia is an excellent matchup. To be perfectly honest, after watching Shawn Porter’s performance last night in which I live blogged on Forbes with my round-by-round analysis and unofficial scorecard, although I had Spence winning by a score of 115-112, there’s no doubt in my mind that a 41 year old Pacquiao could defeat Spence. While many would disagree and feel that Spence is too young, strong and too big, I feel that Porter showed us with the right game plan and determination, Spence can be beat.

Back to the topic of Pacquiao vs. Garcia, I wrote a story in January as to how I see a Pacquiao and Garcia matchup. Initially, I expressed I would give Garcia the edge. After watching Pacquiao’s performance against Thurman, I’m not sure. I think it could be a very entertaining and competitive fight and don’t rule out Pacquiao having another excellent performance. In fact, you can make an argument that a year with inactivity for Garcia wouldn’t be doing him any favors. I would guess this fight will take place in March, 2020 and would land in either Las Vegas or Arlington. Both Pacquiao and Garcia have fought in Arlington and although neither of them are from Texas, the fans would support a mega fight like this. Pacquiao fought back to back fights in Arlington in 2010.

What’s truly interesting is that Garcia already lost to Spence, so defeating Pacquiao wouldn’t set up another fight with Spence based on how the first fight turned out. So what would a Garcia win really mean for Spence? It still doesn’t set him up for anything big. Spence should defeat a game Danny Garcia in what looks like a January 25 date according to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic.

The question then becomes, if Pacquiao defeats Mikey Garcia, then what? Do we finally see a Pacquiao vs. Spence fight?, in which I don’t think anyone wants to see or does Top Rank and PBC work together to make the Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence a reality?

The clock is ticking for Pacquiao at 41 years old come December and fans will become increasingly impatient waiting for that one last big fight. In the meantime, Should Pacquiao vs. Garcia take place in 2020, it will be another win for boxing fans.