MACAU – Unbeaten light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia is slowly emerging a dark horse as Manny Pacquiao's next opponent if negotiations for a multi-billion fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr again fails to pan out.
Freddie Roach admitted facing Floyd Jr. is definitely high on his wish list, although Garcia is not a bad second choice either for the longtime Pacquiao trainer.
“Floyd is No. 1 on my wish list. Danny Garcia comes next,” said Roach, who is bound for Russia to oversee Ruslan Provodnikov’s comeback fight against former world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo.
Garcia is yet a big-time name in boxing although the unbeaten American of Puerto Rican descent has slowly been making noise as the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super-lightweight champion.
The 26-year-old native of Philadelphia rose to prominence by beating veteran Erik Morales for the WBC crown in 2012, before adding the WBA version of the championship by destroying former Pacquiao stablemate Amir Khan inside four rounds.
He has since beaten the likes of Zab Juddah, Lucas Matthysee, and Mauricio Herrera as he kept his unbeaten record at 29-0 with 17 KOs.
“That would be a very great fight,” said former undisputed pound-for-pound fighter Roy Jones Jr. about a Pacquiao-Garcia showdown.
Top Pacquiao adviser Michael Konz admitted the camp of the Filipino boxing great, who just retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title belt with a lopsided decision over Chris Algieri, already has contingency plans if negotiations for a fight with Floyd Jr. next year fails to materialize again.
“There’s a lot of exciting fights there that the fans are willing to see and willing to pay,” he said.
But Konz added it is unwise to name names until it’s certain the fight with Floyd is finally off.
“Again I don’t want to throw out names because if an opponent knows that we are looking at them, then they’re gonna jack up the price all the time,” he said.