Former four division world champion Mikey Garcia is still pursuing the possibility of capturing a fifth divisional title, by facing WBA welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who worked with Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) on his last fight, has indicated that the once-beaten boxer is looking to get Pacquiao in the ring.
In a recent interview with BoxingScene.com, Pacquiao's longtime trainer Freddie Roach revealed that the eight division champion is not going to return to the ring in 2020.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) has been out of the ring since July of 2018, when he overcame Keith Thurman to capture the WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The coronavirus pandemic has delayed Pacquiao's first defense of the newly acquired title. The initial defense had been planned for the summer.
Garcia saw action back in February, when he dropped and decisioned former champion Jessie Vargas over twelve rounds in Texas.
"Mikey Garcia is one of the fortunate ones that has boxed this year, so he’s not busting my phone up too much at the moment. But he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao," Hearn told DAZN.
Given the current COVID19 restrictions, Hearn admits that a Pacquiao-Garcia showdown would be very difficult to put together - unless someone is willing to stake a significant site fee to host that contest.
"It’s very difficult to make those sort of fights at the moment, unless we get a big site fee from another country. Mikey is basically that guy who wants the monstrous fights, and he’ll be looking to make that happen," Hearn said.
"For all of these top names, it’s just a case of getting them out just once this year. Letting them get out there, letting them progress their career, letting them get paid, keeping their profile bubbling. And that’s the tough job for us now, coming through Fight Camp: trying to schedule all these major names and world champions without crowds. It’s going to be a tough task over the next couple of months."