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Roach expects February return for Pacquiao, wants Garcia as next foe

/ 07:12 PM October 24, 2019
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Manny Pacquiao reacts after defeating Keith Thurman by split decision in a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

MANILA, Philippines–Freddie Roach hinted at a February comeback for Manny Pacquiao possibly against rangy American former champ Danny Garcia.

Interviewed by fighthype.com at his Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, the long-time Pacquiao coach and Hall of Fame said he’s sure Pacquiao will be back in the United States in February.

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“He’ll be back. I believe in February. They’re talking about that but I’m not sure how close they are at getting it. Danny Garcia looks like a good fight,” Roach said in the video interview.

MP Promotions chief has mentioned Danny Garcia’s name along with another former champion Mikey Garcia for Pacquiao’s next fight.

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Roach initially tossed the name of Errol Spence “or somebody good,” but zeroed in on Danny Garcia later on. But Spence is coming from a horrific car accident shortly after an impressive decision win over Shawn Porter.

The 31-year-old Danny Garcia watched at ringside as Pacquiao won over Keith Thurman last June in Las Vegas.

He is regarded as one of the top welterweights around and has a rugged, tough guy persona which is perfect match for Pacquiao’s clean, gentleman air.

Interestingly, Garcia lost to Porter and Thurman. Porter is former Pacquiao spar mate.

He is coming from a seventh-round technical knockout win over Adrian Granados.

Pacquiao, who is turning 41 in December, is in the midst of closing a glorious career having strung up three stunning wins over Lucas Matthyse, Adrien Broner and Thurman.

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