KEY POINTS

  • Garcia needs to put up an impressive show on Jan. 25 to capture Pacquiao's attention
  • Pacquiao has yet to name his next ring opponent
  • Garcia is a favorite to win over Redkach

Danny Garcia has fought some of the best boxers in the welterweight division except for Manny Pacquiao. Already 31, the Philadelphia-born Puerto Rican knows that an opportunity to face the eight-time division champion can help catapult him among the greats.

Right now, there is no word on who Pacquiao intends to face next. The name of Errol Spence Jr. has been mentioned although the undefeated pug is still recovering from a car accident last Oct. 10. The 29-year-old boxer's last fight was against Shawn Porter, winning via split decision to win the WBC welterweight title. Spence feels he will be ready by late spring or early summer with Pacquiao on his radar.

However, those plans are still up in the air and filled with plenty of uncertainty. Garcia could be in a prime position to beat Spence in facing Pacquiao if he puts on a good show against Ivan Redkach on Jan. 25, 2020 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He is heavily favored against the Ukranian who is coming off a KO victory over Devon Alexander back in June 2019, Fightsaga reported.

Garcia is open to facing either Pacquiao or Spence. But given the choice, facing the Pac-Man would be a dream come true, Boxingscene.com reported.

“You know, Manny Pacquiao’s had an incredible career. Being 40 years old and beating a prime Thurman, he’s had an incredible career. He’s somebody definitely all the boxers should look up to. And for me to get the opportunity to fight him, you know, you’ve gotta beat the legend to be the legend. And that’s how I look at it,” he said.

Garcia witnessed Pacquiao's win over Thurman and bares he was hardly surprised. He singles out the boxing style of the Filipino, stressing that Pacquiao is good at cutting the ring off while throwing shorter punches.

Worth noting as well is that Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions mentioned to the Philippine Star that a Garcia win on Jan. 25, he will top the list of Pacquiao's next possible opponents. Gibbons feels that Garcia will come out victorious over a tough fighting Redkach. He joins Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the list of next opponents, someone who teased (again) that he will be coming out of retirement to fight in 2020.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao trains during a workout session at The Venetian in Macau, Nov. 20, 2014. Photo: Getty Images/ Chris Hyde