Welterweight Phil Lo Greco is aiming to return to action in the first few months of the New Year after exclusively revealing to WBN that he has signed a deal with renowned boxing figure Al Haymon.
The 30 year-old has been out of the ring since suffering his first loss in a one-sided decision to Shawn Porter in May 2013 and had contemplated a move up in weight to the light-middleweight division. Lo Greco, who is currently in Las Vegas for the Khan v Alexander event, has decided against making his comeback at 154lbs though and will be relying on Haymon to guide him back to contender status when the ‘Italian Sensation’ ends his exodus in the near future.
“Signing with Al Haymon is all about fighting the best so that is why I took myself to his team,” Lo Greco explained to World Boxing News on Saturday.
“I ran into Sam Watson and he asked how I was doing. I told him I was going to quit and he told me he’s not going to allow that.
“He gave me hope because at this stage I thought that if your not going to be represented by the best then what is the point? Anyway, so we took it from there.
“I want to be surrounded by the best so I can eventually fight the best and I know Al can do what no other manager can.
“I will be returning early next year and I can confirm I will be back at 147,” he added.
Asked whether his ultimate goal is to avenge his loss to former world champion Porter, Lo Greco stated that although it was in his mind, just lacing up the gloves again was enough for him at this moment.
“I met Shawn this weekend – he’s a great guy. I told him maybe one day we will do it again, but I just want to keep moving forward right now. Everybody wants to avenge their losses, but also I am not stuck thinking about it.
“I will move forward towards fighting the best once I get back in the ring after a fight or two.”
Finally, being that Lo Greco would be campaigning at welterweight once more, the Canadian-born fighter was asked for his opinion on the recent announcement by Floyd Mayweather that he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao.
“Floyd is just exposing the truth to the public right now, but yes I do believe a fight with Pacquiao will happen,” predicted Lo Greco.