Is Manny Pacquiao facing the winner of Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia in November? (Radio)Written by Joseph Herron
Earlier this week, Showtime Sports announced a tremendous addition to its already impressive boxing calendar for 2017.
Four division world titlist Adrien Broner vs. three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs), will tangle on July 29 at a location and venue to be named later.
The highly anticipated match-up will be staged within the 140 pound, Super Lightweight division and will be featured on the regular subscriber Showtime channel.
Although most boxing die-hards are curious as to why the intriguing clash of marquee headliners will be featured on the premium cable network's flagship subscriber channel and not on Showtime PPV, Mikey Garcia's head trainer and devoted brother, former IBF 135 pound champion Robert Garcia, observers that the special "Showtime World Championship Boxing" presentation will benefit and indirectly promote an even grander event on the boxing horizon for the Fall of 2017.
"It's good that the fight will be on Showtime," the two-time trainer of the year recently stated to ES News. "It'll do good numbers, and a lot of people will tune in. It's going to help what's coming after that if everything goes well. Obviously, we have to beat him and look good doing it, but what's after that is going to be bigger...way bigger."
Whoa!! What's coming next that would prove to be "way" bigger than the very "die-hard" popular Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner?
Should the soon to be heavily favored Mikey Garcia reign supreme on July 29, will he become the leading candidate to compete against future Hall of Famer and eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao in November on Showtime PPV?
If Mikey's father and trainer, Eduardo Garcia, has his druthers, "Pacquiao vs. Garcia" will be on tap for a huge Fall event this year.
"First Broner, and then Pacquiao," stated "The Big G" to ES News.
Although Mikey Garcia and his team had a well publicized feud with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum over the last several years, Robert Garcia doesn't believe the bad blood and checkered work history would keep the potential PPV match-up from materializing.
"Bob is a businessman first," insists the prolific Oxnard-based trainer. "He just wants a match-up that will sell. Look, if he's willing to work with Khan and Broner, he would work with Mikey again. He's still a free agent and isn't signed to another promotional group at this time, so there's no reason why he wouldn't put that fight together."
The talented 29-year-old WBC Lightweight Champion originally began his professional boxing career with Top Rank, Inc. in 2006, and became a two-division world titlist under the guidance of Arum and Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler, but had a falling out with the promotional group during the second quarter of 2014. Garcia consequently remained inactive until the dispute was finally settled in April of 2016.
"Because Mikey is being featured on Showtime, and HBO isn't interested in showing Pacquiao's fights right now, I'm sure Bob would love a reason to bring Pacquiao to Showtime. It would be a great fight on Showtime PPV."
For the first time since May of 2011, HBO balked at the idea of presenting Manny Pacquiao on HBO PPV, and Top Rank was forced to stage their own PPV broadcast in November of last year with the independent distribution of "Pacquiao vs. Vargas". And with no plans for HBO to pay the licensing fees for "Pacquiao vs. Horn" on July 1, Showtime very well could be in play for a megafight between Mikey or Broner versus the Philippines Senator later this year.
While most believe the pound for pound Hispanic fighter will decisively beat the former four division world titlist on July 29th, Eduardo Garcia takes a more humble and conservative view of the Showtime match-up.
"It's going to be a very hard fight and we will have to prepare for it that way," The Big G said to ES News. "Broner is very strong and is very experienced."
Because Team Garcia understands that a future big-money event directly hinges on an impressive and sensational performance in July, they will be training and preparing for a knock-out victory over Adrien Broner. The experienced fight trainer points to Broner's first professional loss...a unamious decision defeat to Marcos Maidana, who was being trained by Robert Garcia at the time.
"Mikey will knock-out Broner," insists Eduardo Garcia. "Maidana could punch. But Mikey not only has power, he's sharper and more accurate...he's better."
Listen to James Gogue and Joseph Herron discuss Broner vs Garcia at 10pm ET Friday, June 2.
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