Will Manny Pacquiao be taking on Danny Garcia, April 25?
In November, it was announced by boxing matchmaker and adviser Sean Gibbons that eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao had devised a three-man list of potential opponents for a March or April return to the ring.
In lieu of many reported rumors and press releases, can Pacquiao's legion of die-hard fans expect to hear a special announcement on January 25th, 2020, of an upcoming event between the Pacman and two-division WBC champ Danny "Swift" Garcia?
Let's review a huge laundry list of rumors, recent news, and upcoming events to be sure!!
Last week, many respected periodicals reported Mikey Garcia as the front-runner for a shot at Pacquiao's WBA Welterweight belt. But after news started circulating of a likely Garcia vs. Vargas match-up being made for a special "leap year" showdown on DAZN, it became safe to assume that Mikey had been eliminated from Pacquiao super-fight contention for the first half of 2020.
This past weekend we saw Terence Crawford get past his WBO mandatory challenger, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, in a drama-filled nine round affair which ended with an incredibly entertaining TKO. Immediately following the competitive championship fight, Pacquiao's former promoter Bob Arum announced great interest in putting together an intriguing match-up between TC and "Showtime" Shawn Porter for a potential showdown in 2020; making the bold claim that Crawford/Porter was an almost even-money fight, while a "Bud" vs. Danny Garcia pairing wasn't nearly as competitive.
Does Arum know of Shawn's availability throughout the first two quarters of 2020?
Would that be the primary reason for favoring a potential match-up between Terence and Porter, while "conveniently" dismissing Danny Garcia as a 5 to 1 underdog against his man, TC?
On Monday, December 16th, the WBC announced that January 25th match-up between Danny "Swift" and Ivan Redkach was "upgraded" to "title-eliminator" status, even though the tough Ukrainian would more than likely be at least a 12 to 1 betting underdog. Keep in mind, the former 135-pound fringe contender has only competed in the Welterweight division one time, prior to his upcoming WBC title elimination contest with Garcia, in which Redkach was brutally knocked out by John Molina Jr. in the 4th round.
So why was this apparent one-sided affair recently escalated to title eliminator status by the WBC? Yes, Danny Garcia is currently the number two ranked contender in the WBC, and is a former WBC champion, but does Redkach deserve this opportunity? Or is the WBC merely positioning themselves to stage a possible "interim" championship contest between Danny Garcia and another popular Welterweight?
It was recently leaked by Bob Arum that current WBC/IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence would more than likely be forced to sit out the entire calendar year of 2020, leaving an assumed vacancy for his WBC 147 pound title. Due to the fact that Team Spence has not refuted these reports, fight fans have every reason to believe there is some truth to these terrible rumors.
Does this WBC title elimination upgrade have anything to do with this recent revelation concerning Spence's health status?
With all of these factors taken into great consideration, one could deduce that Manny Pacquiao's next opponent will be...Danny "Swift" Garcia for the WBA and interim WBC Welterweight championship!!
But where and when would the suggested Pacquiao/Garcia megafight take place?
The last time Al Haymon booked a PPV at the MGM Grand, it underperformed...theoretically because it was slated just three weeks after Canelo's historic event opposite Sergey Kovalev. Most fans weren't too thrilled about shelling out $74.99 for Wilder vs. Ortiz 2 after only paying $20 to see Canelo make history against the former Light Heavyweight champion just three weeks prior.
Due to the fact that Canelo will be taking on either BJ Saunders, Callum Smith or Gennady Golovkin on May 2nd, 2020 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, to be televised on DAZN for another viewer-friendly $19.99 price tag, a predicted date for the suggested Pacquiao vs. Garcia megafight would be Saturday, April 25th, 2020.
Also In Manny's two fights with Al Haymon, against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman respectively, both events were staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
So by powers of deductive reasoning, fight fans can assume that Manny Pacquiao will be taking on Danny "Swift" Garcia on April 25th, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBA and interim WBC Welterweight championship!
The official declaration for the proposed event will undoubtedly take place after the Danny Garcia vs. Ivan Redkach tripleheader on Showtime Sports, January 25th, 2020!! Fight fans should look forward to hearing this special announcement shortly after the Showtime special event takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York!!
Happy 41st Birthday, Senator Pacquiao!!
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