By Keith Idec
Danny Garcia will watch with a critical eye when Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner box in a couple months.
The former WBC welterweight champion hopes to get a chance to fight the winner later in 2019. The Pacquiao-Broner bout will be announced soon, probably for January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Philadelphia’s Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) discussed facing the Pacquiao-Broner winner and other options with BoxingScene.com.
“I want a rematch with either Porter or Thurman,” said Garcia, who lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Shawn Porter in their fight for the vacant WBC welterweight title September 8.
“I feel like I wanna redeem myself with those. I feel like it’s something I need to do before my career is over. But the winner out of Pacquiao and Broner, I think that would be a great fight for me, too. I think that’s actually – name-wise, Broner and Pacquiao have big names, and I have a big name, so I think that would be a great, promotional pay-per-view fight. Either or, whoever wins.”
The 39-year-old Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) won the WBA world welterweight title in his last fight, a seventh-round knockout of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs, 1 NC) on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 29-year-old Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) settled for a 12-round draw with former WBO welterweight champ Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) in his last fight, April 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The 30-year-old Garcia figures Pacquiao-Broner, which will be distributed by Showtime Pay-Per-View, is a fight that could either way.
“I think it’s a 50-50 fight,” Garcia said. “You know, Pacquiao is a little older now, but he just throws more punches than Adrien. And I think that’s the key. I think Adrien has to keep up with his pace a little bit. But if Adrien can do that, I think he can win the fight. But if he lets Pacquiao out-work him, then I think Pacquiao’s gonna win.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.