Smaller Pacquiao ‘better’ matchup for title-chasing Garcia

FILE – Mikey Garcia celebrates after defeating Jessie Vargas in a unanimous decision in a WBC Welterweight Diamond Championship bout at The Ford Center at The Star on February 29, 2020 in Frisco, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Four-division champion Mikey Garcia has long been wanting a crack at Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao and for good reasons as far as his camp is concerned.

In an interview with DAZN’s Chris Mannix, Garcia’s older brother Robert believes that a showdown with Pacquiao, the WBA (Super) champion, is the most logical next step for Mikey, who’s aiming for a world title in the welterweight class.

“Well look, being Mikey’s brother and trainer, you know, with my dad, with my son, we all agree that’s the only fight that we would really want Mikey to do at welterweight,” said Robert as posted on BoxingScene.com. “You know he wants another welterweight fight and he wants to get a title.”

“I think Manny is the biggest fight out there for Mikey, but it’s also the one that matches better for Mikey because Pacquiao is not as big as all the other welterweights. Pacquiao was a flyweight at one time.”

Garcia (40-1) fought just twice in the welterweight division–losing to Errol Spence by unanimous decision for the IBF world title before beating Jessie Vargas on points.

At 5-foot-5 and a half, Pacquiao (62-7-2), boxing’s only eight-division champion, is the shortest of the titleholders in the 147-pound division as compared to Spence and Crawford, who are at least three inches taller than the Filipino.

“Even though his body developed into a solid welterweight, he’s not as big, he’s not as tall,” said Robert. “You know, very dangerous, very fast, very strong, but that’s probably the only fight that we’re okay with at welterweight.”

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Origin Series: The story of Ansu Fati’s emergence as Barcelona’s new hero

Football has a knack for producing narratives that rival the best scripts Hollywood can muster.

And perhaps none are more intriguing than the extraordinary backstories of gifted players who go on to shine at the highest level, individuals who come from very little to enjoy all the riches the game has to offer or those whose journeys are filled with obstacles and enthralling incidents.

The tales of today’s biggest superstars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are well documented as are those of past legends who graced the game over the years.

In Sport360’s new Origin Series though, we delve into the inspiring paths to glory unfolding right before our eyes. With our unique brand of narration, we immerse you into the backstories of today’s emerging stars only beginning to script their legacies.

We can’t know the finer details of how things transpired or indeed what individuals said or thought. But using facts and actual events as the framework, our imagination is woven into the narrative to help bring these stories to life.

In this edition, we delve into the remarkable tale of Ansu Fati, a mild-mannered boy from Guinea-Bissau who, at Barcelona, has emerged as the heir apparent to the greatest player of all time…

CHAPTER 1 – CALLING OUT FOR A HERO
December, 2019 | Atletico Madrid 0-1 Barcelona

This game shouldn’t be goalless. Perhaps a little out of character, Atletico Madrid have gone toe-to-toe with Barcelona and, truth be told, should be leading.

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Boxing among McGregor’s plans but MMA first, says manager

FILE – Conor McGregor speaks during a media event for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

MANILA, Philippines — A return to boxing is among Conor McGregor’s plans but not his top priority.

Audie Attar, McGregor’s manager, said the MMA superstar is more inclined to appearing in The Octagon first before resuming his boxing career.

“Boxing is definitely something he plans on doing, but I think he’s thinking MMA first. And who the opponent is, it could be [Justin Gaethje or Tony Ferguson], it could be someone else,” Attar told MMA Junkie. “It just depends on how things play out and where he wants to take it. Ultimately, I think all the fans want to see him fight, so it doesn’t matter who he fights – he’ll fight someone.”

“Whether he fights [Gaethje] or whether he fights another opponent, we will see. Let’s see how this thing plays out and let’s see how discussions go and then as it relates to him fighting Manny or any other boxer in the future, that’s always a possibility.”

The 31-year-old McGregor last fought in the UFC four months ago when he stopped Donald Cerrone in the first round.

As far as his boxing career is concerned, McGregor has long been rumored for a fight with WBA (Super) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, who signed with Attar’s Paradigm Sports Management last February.

In his only boxing match so far, McGregor lost to former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. via 10th round TKO in 2017.

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