American boxer admits his inspiration for his career was Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story. People’s Champ, Senator Manny Pacquiao had inspired a
American boxer admits his inspiration for his career was Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story.
People’s Champ, Senator Manny Pacquiao had inspired a lot of Filipinos to follow their dreams and keep fighting for it. Apparently, his life story of being poor then rising to fame sparked an unending fire of determination to rising American Boxer, Ryan Garcia.
In his interview on the Rich Eisen show, Garcia revealed his plans of taking on American boxer, Gervonta Davis, and then facing the Filipino iconic boxer, Manny Pacquiao. Garcia had always looked-up to Pacquiao, considering him a legend in the boxing industry, much like Muhammad Ali and Oscar De La Hoya.
Garcia holds the WBC interim lightweight belt who records with a clean 21-0 with 18 knockouts. He recently knocked out Luke Campbell earlier this January 2021, on the seventh round of the fight. It was his career defining win saying, “I chose to be a champion tonight” in a post-fight interview.
The 22-year-old boxer was inspired by Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story and proceeded to say, “Maybe after Gervonta, hopefully — this is out of respect, this is not calling him out. I don’t want people to think I’m calling him out. That’s so stupid. I’m saying, can we share that ring together and please pass that torch to me?
According to Garcia, other boxers that are on his watchlist are: Jorge Linares, Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney. However aside from Garcia, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, also seeks for an opportunity to face Pacquiao on the ring.
Pacquiao had won the admiration and respect of everyone in the boxing industry. He was last seen on the ring gaining a win against American boxer, Keith Thurman. Later on this year, Pacquiao will be facing off with Conor McGregor but details of the upcoming fight are yet to be known.