Conor McGregor got his breakfast, lunch and dinner handed to him by Dustin Poirier last Sunday and all of a sudden, Ryan Garcia is ahead of the Manny Pacquiao buffet. Ah, the strange world that is boxing.
To be honest, I’d forgotten about the whole McGregor vs. Pacquiao anomaly and that the Irish MMA star with a 0-1 record in pro boxing was supposed to meet Pacquiao, a 62-7-2 fighter.
I think, had the fight gone through, almost everyone tuning in would just want to know if Manny could beat McGregor faster than Floyd Mayweather did, when they had their mega-million exhibition a couple of years back.
But that McGregor vs. Pacquiao fight is now reportedly off the books because the Irishman lost. Understandable because McGregor might opt for a rematch to get his MMA career back on track instead of taking on another exhibition boxing match.
And in comes the upstart Garcia, the undefeated 22-year-old who is undefeated in 21 fights. He has even begun to share posters of a supposed fight and his father has been saying that it’s a done deal.
A Garcia vs. Pacquiao fight makes no boxing sense as much as a McGregor vs. Pacquiao fight. Garcia campaigns a couple of divisions lower than Pacquiao, but strange things have happened in boxing.
At this level, money talks and if a Garcia fight will make more money for Manny, it’s Garcia whom he will be facing.
Before, the prevailing question was could Manny beat McGregor before the 10th round as Floyd Mayweather did? But the guy just lost. Does that mean fans would be more interested in knowing whether Manny can beat a guy 20 years younger and who was only four months old when Manny won his first title?
I don’t know about you, but I’d go for the latter.
But I won’t be surprised though if McGregor vs. Pacquiao does push through because that would keep the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather conversation going.
What, the old guys fight when they’re almost north of 40 and when one guy is retired already?
Hey, remember, this is boxing. We got Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. close to 15 years after fans said they should have faced each other because, well, fans started asking what if they could have faced each other after a short clip of a Mike Tyson video training was shown online.
Let’s see where we’d end up when they all take us for a ride.