Published On: Sun, Apr 21st, 2019

Garcia beats up Granados, leads Pacquiao fight derby

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American Danny Garcia says he hopes he ‘didn’t scare’ the Filipino boxing icon away

Published 8:24 PM, April 21, 2019

Updated 8:24 PM, April 21, 2019

GUESSING GAME. It is still unknown who Manny Pacquiao will face in his next fight in July. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

GUESSING GAME. It is still unknown who Manny Pacquiao will face in his next fight in July. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Consider Danny Garcia as the new pacesetter in Manny Pacquiao’s next fight derby.

Garcia battered Adrian Granados throughout en route to a seventh-round knockout Saturday night, April 20 (Sunday, April 21, Manila time), at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

With the breezy victory, the former two-division world champion Garcia pulled ahead of World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Keith Thurman, who was unimpressive in posting a majority decision over Josesito Lopez last January 26.

In earlier reports, Sean Gibbons, Pacquiao’s matchmaker, said Thurman and Garcia are the strongest candidates to be the eight-division world champion’s next opponent in July in the United States.

The 31-year-old Garcia hinted of things to come when he knocked down Granados twice in the 2nd round – the first with a crackling left to the jaw and the second via a right straight.

Granados gamely fought on, but was felled again with a combination by Garcia in the 5th round.

The referee finally called a halt to the beating when Garcia (35-2, 21 knockouts) was pummeling Granados (20-7-2, 13 KOs) at the ropes.

In the post-fight interview, Garcia (35-2, 21 knockouts), called out Pacquiao, who is in Japan to honor a promotional contract with Rizin Fight Federation.

“I hope I didn’t scare him (Pacquiao) away,” said Garcia. “Definitely, I would love [that] fight.”

Garcia added that he is willing to settle for former tormentors Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) as well as International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr (25-0, 21 KOs) if Pacquiao walks away. – Rappler.com

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