Trainer: Mikey Garcia can fight Pacquiao later this year

Posted at 01/23/14 4:54 PM

MANILA – Respected boxing trainer Robert Garcia believes his younger brother, unbeaten fighter Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia, can end up fighting Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao in the second half of 2014.

Garcia is set to defend his super featherweight title against tough challenger Juan Carlos Burgos this weekend, but even before the fight, there are already talks of him fighting Pacquiao in the future.

“I do picture (a Pacquiao fight) happening,” Robert told Michael Woods of The Sweet Science. “But we’re focusing on Mikey’s fight against Burgos. We don’t talk to Mikey about it, but myself, manager Cameron Dunkin, our father, we talk about it.”

The trainer pointed out that for a Pacquiao fight to happen, the Filipino will have to do his part and win his April 12 fight, potentially against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr.

“I think it’s a fight that definitely will happen, especially if Manny beats Bradley. It’s gonna be a hard fight for Manny against Bradley. Bradley’s had some great wins,” Robert said.

“But if Manny wins, I could see it happening by the end of the year,” he predicted.

Robert also told ESPN.com that there is some history between his younger brother and Pacquiao, as Mikey sparred with the Filipino back in November 2006, when the “Pacman” was preparing to face off against Erik Morales.

“They sparred six, eight rounds at a time. It was great,” Robert said. “We’re not saying Mikey did better or won those sparring matches, no, but neither did Pacquiao.”

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