Pacquiao Wants Lomacheko
Manny Pacquiao claims that he and his camp are discussing the possibility of a catch-weight bout with WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
The 39 year old Pacquiao is looking to return to the ring in April, amidst a break from his duties as a senator in his native Philippines.
Bob Arum of Top Rank, who promotes Pacquiao revealed on Tuesday to the Las Vegas Review Journal that he wants to feature Pacquiao’s return fight as part of the undercard of Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title, on April 21st.
The plan for Pacquiao, unless things have changed, is to fight the Crawford vs. Horn winner in the fall.
Even if Pacquiao is negotiating for a fight with Lomachenko, that contest will not happen on the same card as Crawford-Horn, mainly because of the high cost it would bring to the budget.
Pacquiao says they are trying to work out the catch-weight.
“There are negotiations now about the number one pound-for-pound (boxer) which is Lomachenko.”
“There are still talks on the weight, reducing the weight,” said Pacquiao, who has been fighting as a welterweight.
Lomachenko is looking hoping to move up to 135-pounds in 2018, which is quite a weight gap to Pacquiao, who is fighting at 147.
The idea of Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko fight has been mentioned, but Lomachenko’s handlers had no intention of taking the fight above 135-pounds, and Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, will not allow his boxer to go under 140-pounds.
The Filipino southpaw retired briefly in 2016, but made a comeback to retake his WBO title from Jessie Vargas just months later, then his loss to Horn in the summer of 2017.
On Wednesday, Pacquiao rejected calls for him to retire for good, adding he did not believe his recent losses tarnished his record.
“You know, I miss boxing,” Pacquiao said, adding he was “still okay.”