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Manny Pacquiao’s business manager says he will face Mikey Garcia in Dubai

With his clash scheduled for June 5 against Terence Crawford dead in the water, Manny Pacquiao would have a new target in mind. Its business leader, Arnold Vegafria, posted a teaser on Instagram claiming that “Pac-Man” would meet Mikey Garcia in Dubai later this year.

Vegafria went on to say ABS-CBN that they are still working on the date and location, but that it would be “between July and August”.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this pairing; Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) claimed in March that they were “finalizing all the details” for a May fight that ultimately fell through, so take this news with the same grain of salt you took every piece of Pacquiao. (62-7-2, 39 KOs) news in recent years.

Assuming it’s legit, I like it a lot more than the Crawford game. Garcia has always had phenomenal talent, and while he’s struggled to maintain his dominance as he’s gained weight, Pacquiao’s lack of height and decline due to age makes him much more competitive and convincing than a beating of “Bud”.

Either way, Pacquiao will definitely want to pit them against someone sooner rather than later; he turned 42 last December and hasn’t seen action since beating Keith Thurman in July 2019.