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Boxing: Who Will Be Manny Pacquiao’s Next Opponent?

Odds to be Manny Pacquiao's next opponent

The WBA welterweight champion, Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquaio, appears to be returning to the squared circle in early 2020 and he has his sights set on a couple of opponents. Pac-Man, who will soon turn 41, is riding a three-fight winning streak and is looking to extend that to four against either Danny Garcia or Mikey Garcia.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has released odds on each of those potential bouts, with Pacquiao being favored in both. In a Mikey Garcia bout, the odds are -160 for Pac-Man with his opponent coming back at +130. As for Danny, Pacquaio is a -195 favorite with “Swift” coming back at +160.

Manny Pacquiao vs Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia is 2-2 in his last four bouts but was 33-0 prior to his first pro loss, a split-decision defeat to Keith Thurman in 2017. Danny bounced back from that fight with a knockout win over Brandon Rios, followed by his second pro loss by unanimous decision to former WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter. Once again, Swift rebounded with a seventh-round knockout win over Adrian Granados in April.

The Pennsylvania native is ranked No. 5 in the welterweight division, was the former lineal light-welterweight champion and carries a notable name. The orthodox fighter is very calm in the pocket, making reads early on his opponent before going on the offensive. He has a crisp accurate jab and throws fast combinations. This is a good fight for Pacquiao because Danny likes to stay in the pocket and exchange hands and doesn’t keep a high guard, which could allow Pac-Man to land and do some damage.

Manny Pacquiao vs Danny Garcia Betting Odds
Manny Pacquiao-195
Danny Garcia+160

Odds as of November 21 at BetOnline

Manny Pacquiao vs Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia made his welterweight debut in March when he went 12 rounds with IBF and WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. The fight didn’t go Mikey’s way as he lost by unanimous decision for his first career loss, bringing his record to 39-1 with 30 knockouts. At lightweight, the California native was the IBF and WBC champion, beating notable names such as Adrien Broner and Robert Easter Jr.

He is considered the best light-welterweight in the world and the 10th-best pound-for-pound boxer overall. His bout with Spence was a rough one as he was shut out on the scorecards by all three judges with Spence’s reach being the biggest factor, keeping Mikey at distance with his lead hooks and powerful jabs.

Manny Pacquiao vs Mikey Garcia Betting Odds
Manny Pacquiao-160
Mikey Garcia+130

Odds as of November 21 at BetOnline

Which is the More Likely Bout?

I think Danny Garcia makes more sense because Pac-Man’s last appearance was a split-decision win over Keith Thurman while Danny’s first loss was a split decision to Thurman as well. Danny also won a handful of rounds against Shawn Porter in his unanimous-decision loss. Additionally, he is coming off a victory, so it makes a lot of sense.

However, I think Mikey Garcia is the more likely bout. Mikey is probably the more well-known fighter, especially after his bout with Errol Spence Jr., which was also his first pro loss. Pacquiao stands four inches shorter than Spence and his reach is five inches shorter than Spence’s. It offers an opportunity for Mikey to claim a world title in his fifth division, while Pac-Man gets the chance to knock off a top-10 pound-for-pound boxer.