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Ryan García should target the top hierarchy at 135 before Manny Pacquiao, says Eddy Reynoso

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The boxing fandom is not unaware of WBC interim lightweight champion of the world Ryan García’s enthusiasm about facing eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, but his trainer Eddy Reynoso has other plans for García.

Since defeating Luke Campbell for the green and gold belt, García has been vocally expressive about sparring against “PacMan” Pacquiao, a fight which the 22-year-old American also termed as his dream.

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However, his trainer Eddy Reynoso, who has also coached the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Andy Ruiz Jr, wants KingRy to focus on the top order of the lightweight division, and also move up to 140, before thinking about the Filipino welterweight legend.

Eddy Reynoso doesn’t prefer Ryan García facing Manny Pacquiao as the weight classes are different

Ryan García
Ryan García has been eager to step inside the squared circle with his idol, Manny Pacquiao.

To keep his concentration at lightweight as his trainer suggests, Ryan García will have to square off against WBC titleholder Devin Haney, as well as the WBA (Super), WBO, and IBF champion Teófimo López.

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In addition to Haney and López, Reynoso also names the WBA (Regular) lightweight and WBA (Super) super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis as García’s opponents.

However, Reynoso believes before taking on WBA’s ‘champion in recess’ Pacquiao, García will have to make a mark at welterweight.

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“For starters, I think Ryan has to establish himself at 140 pounds, he has to win fights, and he has to keep learning in the gym,” Reynoso told Little Giant Boxing regarding the Pacquiao fight.

“For me, I don’t really like a fight with Manny Pacquiao because Pacquiao is a fighter in a higher weight class. I would prefer Ryan fight Teofimo, Haney, or Gervonta Davis,” Reynoso continued, while making it clear that if the Pacquiao fight happens it wouldn’t surprise him as its ultimately the decision of promoter Oscar De La Hoya.

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Nonetheless, even if García faces Pacquiao before Haney, López or Tank, Reynoso says he will make his pugilist ready for the welterweight icon.

“From my point of view, I’m stating the fight I would like to see happen, but in the end, they decide what they do,” the 44-year-old went on, “But also, if it [Pacquiao vs Garcia] happens, I’ll get him ready.

“If the Pacquiao fight happens, we’ll work in the best way possible and find a victory,” Reynoso added.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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