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The last time Pacquiao appeared in the ring he shocked Keith Thurman to win the WBA welterweight title, and hand the previously undefeated American his first loss.
The 42-year-old hasn't been back in the ring since, although he has been rumoured to be involved in some big fights with Terence Crawford, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor amongst those mentioned.
The Athletic's Mike Coppinger reported preliminary talks have begun on Sunday afternoon.
It didn't take long for 'The Flash' to confirm the news himself on Instagram and he stated: "A dream turned reality. It's an honor to share the Ring with @mannypacquiao I will always respect what you did in and out the ring. Here's to the best Man Winning."
Garcia is 21-0 in his career and has created a huge following during his relatively short boxing career up to date, making his debut in June 2016, by which time 'Pac-Man' had fought 66 times in professional fights.
The Californian really impressed last time out, when he fought Luke Campbell in January, coming from off the canvas for the first time in his career to beat the Olympic champion.
That win made Garcia the interim lightweight champion, in what is an extremely exciting weight division.
If Garcia is going up in weight to face Pacquiao then it would open questions to his interim title in a division currently being topped by Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney, whilst Vasyl Lomachenko remains in the background too.
The ringside angle of Ryan Garcia's body shot which ended proceedings in absolute barnstromet against Luke Campbell :calling: @KingRyanG #GarciaCampbellpic.twitter.com/i5nIRSimLk
- Planet Sport (@planetsport_com) January 4, 2021
Of course Pacquiao going back down in weight would equally cause questions about the title he won from Thurman in 2019, stopping Crawford and Errol Spence from getting more of the division's gold.
On Saturday night the 42-year-old had caused a stir over the possibility of following his former rival Mayweather by facing McGregor in a boxing ring.
The Filipino Senator tweeted the Irishman saying "Let's make 2021 the best year ever for fight fans," leaving many to believe their meeting was inevitable, but the Notorious' loss to Dustin Poirier seemed to end the possibility of that fight.
Good luck tonight Conor! Let's make 2021 the best year ever for fight fans. #UFC257
- Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) January 24, 2021
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