Rumors of a Manny Pacquiao vs. Ryan Garcia bout have been circulating, but Pacquiao’s management company issued a vague warning.
Over the last several weeks, social media has run wild with rumors of a Manny Pacquiao vs. Ryan Garcia boxing bout, but there’s reason to doubt those plans.
Late on Saturday, Jan. 30, Paradigm Sports’ Audie Attar sent out a tweet about Pacquiao and his plans. Pacquiao is managed by Paradigm Sports, who also represents Conor McGregor. Many thought that move was to bring Pacquiao and McGregor together, but McGregor’s loss to Dustin Poirier likely ended that crossover boxing match.
Undefeated lightweight boxer Garcia has been sending out multiple social media messages suggesting a future contest against Pacquiao. There were questions if that fight would be an exhibition or a real fight, but Garcia sent out a video on an Instagram story stating the fight wouldn’t be an exhibition.
Paradigm Sports could be casting doubt on a future Manny Pacquiao vs. Ryan Garcia fight
Several hours after Garcia’s message, Paradigm’s Attar tweeted a vague message insinuating that “shady characters” were spreading “false rumors” regarding Pacquiao’s boxing career. Attar’s tweet didn’t mention Garcia or anybody by name but certainly seems to insinuate that Pacquiao vs. Garcia rumors are just that.
Garcia is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, headed by former Pacquiao foe Oscar De La Hoya. Is Attar’s tweet referring to De La Hoya and Golden Boy? It’s hard to say based on the cryptic tweet, but it’s curious timing to release that message.
Don’t get too excited about Pacquiao vs. Garcia. It may just be smoke and mirrors.