Eddy Reynoso wants Ryan Garcia to fight the top 135-lb fighters, not Pacquiao

By Boxing News - 02/24/2021 - Comments

By Dan Ambrose: Eddy Reynoso says he prefers that Ryan Garcia focus on fighting the top lightweights like Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, and Devin Haney rather than face Manny Pacquiao.

Before Ryan starts thinking about facing Pacquiao, Reynoso wants him to move up to 140 and start winning fights in that weight class.

Reynoso will have his work cut out if he has to prepare Ryan for a fight against Tank Davis, Teofimo, or Haney. Given how Ryan looked against his last opponent Luke Campbell, you’d have to say that he would be the underdog against those three 135-pounders.

Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) has stopped talking about him wanting to face Pacquiao, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for his next fight. The same goes for a fight between Ryan and Tank Davis.

Tank moved on after Ryan briefly started talking about wanting to fight Pacquiao. He’s still interested in facing Ryan, but not in his next contest.

Reynoso wants Ryan Garcia to focus on 135-lb fighters

“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,” said Eddy Reynoso to Little Giant Boxing when asked about Ryan facing Pacquiao next.

Image: Eddy Reynoso wants Ryan Garcia to fight the top 135-lb fighters, not Pacquiao

“For me, I don’t really like a fight with Manny Pacquiao [for Ryan Garcia] because Pacquiao is a fighter in a higher weight class. I would prefer Ryan fight Teofimo, Haney, or Gervonta Davis. 

“Yes, it wouldn’t shock me if the fight happens,” Reynoso said about a Pacquiao vs. King Ryan fight. “He has his team. Oscar De La Hoya is the one that is in charge of his career,” said Reynoso.

For Ryan to get a fight against Pacquiao next, he would probably need to push Golden Boy hard for them to agree to it. It’s a looney idea, and it’s understandable why Golden Boy would hesitate in putting Ryan in with Pacquiao.

The chances for Ryan Garcia’s success against Manny are so slim that it’s hardly worth taking the fight unless money is the only thing he’s focused on.

Golden Boy calls the shots for Ryan

“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,” said Reynoso on Golden Boy, deciding on Ryan’s opposition.

Image: Eddy Reynoso wants Ryan Garcia to fight the top 135-lb fighters, not Pacquiao

But also, if it [Pacquiao vs. Ryan Garcia] happens, I’ll get him ready. If the Pacquiao fight happens, we’ll work in the best way possible and find a victory. 

“Exactly,” said Reynoso when told that Ryan Garcia has everything to gain and nothing to lose in fighting Pacquiao. “He’s one of the best boxers in boxing history. Therefore, we have everything to win and nothing to lose,” said Reynoso.

Ultimately, it’ll be Golden Boy that decides who Ryan faces next. If they want him to face Pacquiao, it’ll potentially happen if they can negotiate it.