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With no progress on Manny Pacquiao fight, Ryan García shifts focus back on Gervonta Davis

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Anyone from the global boxing fandom is very much aware of Ryan García and his craving to have a faceoff against the legendary Manny Pacquiao.

Since winning the vacant WBC interim title against Luke Campbell on 2nd January, Ryan García was hell-bent on having a faceoff with the eight-division world champion, a match which he also termed as his dream fight.

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While the verbal talks had no limit, there was ultimately no legitimate progress towards making the fight against PacMan into a reality. There were too many hindering factors, especially since both boxers are on two different weight classes.

Although his ‘dream’ fight has taken a hibernation, for now, García has gone back to call out one potential adversary with whom he has verbally clashed already- Gervonta “Tank” Davis.

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I say Gervonta’s name any chance I get: Ryan García

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Ryan García wants his next fight to be against Gervonta Davis. (Image Courtesy: Getty)

Days after his victory over Smith, Ryan García went onto Mike Tyson’s ‘Hot Box In’ podcast, with Gervonta Davis being present over a video call, where Tank accepted García’s challenge that he would win the fight in two rounds.

Now with the Pacquiao fight out of sight, “KingRy” wants all of his focus on facing the WBA (Regular) lightweight and  WBA (Super) super featherweight champion up next.

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Making an appearance on DAZN’s Beyond The Bell, Ryan García made it clear that he will keep calling out Davis for a fight, and looks forward to square off against the southpaw even before Manny Pacquiao.

“I want Gervonta Davis. I wanted it before the Pacquiao fight,” said García on the show, “I say his name any chance I get. I’m going to keep saying it, whether people want it or not. That’s what I’m going to be shooting for.”

However, being the interim champion, a potential unification fight with WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney will be on the cards for García sooner or later, but nonetheless, the American pugilist is focused on achieving greatness inside the squared circle.

“If it doesn’t happen, it’s always going to be the other side,” the 22-year-old went on, “Because I say yes. I made the Luke Campbell fight. Yes, yes, yes. I’m in it to get all the greatness I can out of my career.”

For García, he wants to follow the footsteps of Muhammad Ali and to etch his name in the history books.

“I’m here to one day be the greatest fighter of all time. That’s who I strive to be, Muhammed Ali paved the way,” García acknowledged, “he showed me how to stand up for things I need to. I think it’s my turn.” (H/T BoxingScene)

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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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