Take it from someone who had a first-hand experience being in the ring with Ryan “KingRy” Garcia.
Romero Duno, the Filipino lightweight who lost on a first-round knockout to Garcia in November 2019 in Las Vegas, swears Manny Pacquiao will easily beat the fast-rising American lightweight in the event they fight each other.
“Ryan is good but Senator Manny’s going to be too much for him, the power (of Pacquiao) I don’t think Garcia can take,” Duno told Daily Tribune.
He was supposed to give Garcia a taste of hell when they squared off but it only took Garcia 98 seconds to pull the plug on the Filipino slugger’s bid to score an upset.
Although Pacquiao is pushing 43, Duno insists that while Garcia is younger at 22 and is cat-quick and fleet-footed, “Pacquiao is on a different level.”
Duno, who has a 22-2 record with 17 KOs, feels Pacquiao remains fit as a fiddle.
“Sir Manny is always training and is always in shape even if he is not that young anymore,” Duno said.
“I am not saying he (Garcia) doesn’t have a chance but that’s the way I look at it.”
The past few days, the Internet has been abuzz with reports about a possible showdown between Pacquiao and Garcia, who had actually declared on social media that their fight is already a done deal.
The month of May is the earliest the fight could happen according to industry sources, but the coronavirus situation could impact plans to hold the super fight expected to be fought at a catchweight.
Garcia campaigns at 135 lbs while Pacquiao does his thing at welterweight (147 lbs) and they are likely to come to terms at a catchweight of 142 to 145 lbs.
SportsBettingDime.com lists Pacquiao as -140 ($140 wins $100) and Garcia +110 ($100 wins $110).
A few days ago, plans to pit Pacquiao with MMA star Conor McGregor vanished in thin smoke when the Irish banger was ambushed by Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi.