Ryan Garcia wants a "dream" fight against the legendary Manny Pacquiao following his breakout performance against Luke Campbell.
He's now mandatory challenger to WBC world lightweight champion and fellow unbeaten American star Devin Haney.
You are not what they say you are, you are who you choose to be :crown: pic.twitter.com/MpPSOScbPy- Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) January 3, 2021
But the flashy 22-year-old appears to be more interested in facing WBA (regular) world lightweight champion Gervonta Davis while revealing his desire to take on boxing great Pacquiao.
"That's the dream. Manny is a legend and it would be like surpassing him in the humblest way," Garcia told ES News.
"I don't want this to sound like I'm being disrespectful, Manny knows my respect for him.
"People love him because he fights with his heart. You don't even have to tell people to respect him, because more than one entire country supports him."
Pacquiao, though, doesn't seem too interested in fighting an out-and-out boxer as he eyes a bout against UFC star Conor McGregor.
Speaking about his options, he said: "(Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr are) options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA [mixed martial artist].
"I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino Covid-19 victims."
On Spence, he added: "[Spence] is too slow. Spence is slower than Thurman but it's going to be a good fight."
Of course, Garcia and Pacquiao are two divisions part. But the young lightweight phenom could move up in weights to face the 42-year-old who has previously campaigned at the smaller weights.