MANILA – Undefeated super featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia can be a potential opponent of Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the future, Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum said.
Garcia, a stablemate of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, was in Macau when Pacquiao dominated his teammate Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, and that was when he reportedly said that he has what it takes against Pacman – in the future.
“I saw that Brandon was having a difficult time with (Pacquiao’s) speed. Manny was circling around him and wasn’t standing in front of him,” Garcia told Fight Hype. “I’m a different fighter. I can move my feet and use my angles. I can make it difficult for Manny as well.”
“I think I will do pretty well against him and that’s why I mentioned it. I told him, you know what, give me that fight later, I think I can do it,” he added.
Speaking to RingTV, Arum admitted that a Pacquiao-Garcia fight is a possibility.
“He indicated to various people that down the road, he would look forward to a battle with Manny Pacquiao. Why wouldn’t it be good? Of course that was my thought. I’m a big Mikey Garcia fan,” said Arum.
Garcia is unlikely to be included in the shortlist of opponents for Pacquiao for the Filipino’s April 2014 fight date, but Arum still sang praises of the 26-year-old fighter.
“I really believe that Mikey is a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter right now,” said the promoter. “I believe that long term, Mikey will challenge, if not be universally accepted as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing. I think he’s a complete fighter.”
Garcia is no stranger to Pacquiao, having sparred with the Filipino fighting congressman “a long time ago” at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. He says he worked with Pacquiao for three or four weeks.
“He was very fast. I was more impressed with his speed than his strength, but this was a long time ago and he got bigger and stronger after that,” Garcia said.
“We sparred many rounds, sometimes eight or nine rounds at a time,” he added. “I did pretty well. I never beat him up, but he never beat me up either. It was a very good sparring session.”