• Mikey Garcia thinks he's ready to challenge for a world title following win over Jessie Vargas
  • Garcia said he could take Manny Pacquiao out
  • Terence Crawford said beating Pacquiao is like passing of the torch

Mikey Garcia just said he could take Manny Pacquiao out should he finally get the chance to fight the Filipino legend.

Following an impressive win over Jessie Vargas, Garcia now solidifies his case to be Pacquiao’s next opponent. After his win, Garcia took the opportunity to call out Pacquiao once again during the post-fight conference.

According to Garcia, he’s ready to challenge for a world title and they have been talking about Pacquiao for quite some time. However, he remains his doors open for a rematch with Errol Spence and a blockbuster fight with Terrence Crawford as well, FightHub TV reported.

“I think everybody would love to see me and Manny so that’s the fight that I would love to but I’m available to fight anybody,” Garcia told reporters.

Garcia described Pacquiao as a “living legend” and has been rooting for a fight with him even before the Vargas match. And now that he has secured a decisive win under his name, the 32-year-old is eager to prove he can share the ring with a world-class fighter saying “he can take Pacquiao out.”

“It’s not very often that we get to possibly get an opportunity to fight an all-time great. I think I can definitely show everybody that even though he looked great, I can take him out,” Garcia said of fighting Pacquiao.

During a recent media scrum in the Philippines, Pacquiao revealed a target date for his return and according to him, the next fight could happen “most likely in July.” Some in boxing suggest that Garcia is the best opponent for Pacquiao and that the fight should happen in Saudi Arabia.

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao beat Adrien Broner on Saturday night to retain his WBA welterweight title. In this picture, Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 19, 2019. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Meanwhile, another American champ is positive that he can put an end to Pacquiao’s welterweight reign. Crawford, who is also being linked to a fight with UFC star Conor McGregor, picked the 41-year-old legend as his next possible opponent over everybody else.

According to Crawford, beating Pacquiao is like “the passing of the torch” as the eight-division title holder is last great fighter of his generation. Given Pacquiao’s age, “Bud” still respects the Filipino’s power and experience and doesn’t want to underestimate what the legend can do.

“It would be like the passing of the torch. He’s the last great fighter in this era left. Floyd [Mayweather] retired. [Miguel] Cotto retired. Erik Morales, [Marco Antonio] Barrera, whoever you name, they all retired. He [Pacquiao] is the last man standing right now,” Crawford pointed out.

Mikey Garcia
Mikey Garcia is looking for a big title fight at 147 pounds. In this picture, Garcia enters the ring for his WBC & IBF World Lightweight Title fight against Robert Easter Jr. at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, July 28, 2018. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images