Exclusive: New WBA champ Avanesyan wants Pacquiao, open to staging Philippines battle
After receiving news from the World Boxing Association of his new status as WBA ‘regular’ champion, David Avanesyan is aiming high for the coming year.
Amidst rumours of big targets, 28 year-old Russian and his promoter Neil Marsh were asked by WBN of their desire to follow-up beating one legend in Shane Mosley with another in rejuvenated pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.
Avanesyan believes a unification between the two would be beneficial to both and is willing to give Pacquiao home advantage in what would be a massive homecoming for the eight-weight and current world champion.
“It would be an honor for me to share the ring with another great of the sport in Manny Pacquiao,” Avanesyan exclusively told World Boxing News.
“The fight could be big in America or even in the Philippines in front of Pacquiao’s own people. I don’t mind where we fight as I know I can win and make my own name in boxing.
“It would be my greatest victory and the perfect way to start my reign as champion.”
Marsh added: “I think it’s an amazing fight and David would have the opportunity to retire one of the greatest champions of our generation.
“We have so much respect for Manny but believe we have what it takes to take his title and would prove it by going to the Philippines.
“There’s a 55,000 purpose-built venue in Cuidad de Victoria called ‘The Philippine Arena’ that would be perfect for the event and give Manny the opportunity to have the homecoming fight he deserves.
“It would be a great ending to a glorious career as I believe David would come out on top and unify the division in style,” he predicted.
Slap bang in the mix of one of the most lucrative divisions out there, Avanesyan has all manner of options available to him in 2017, including a fight against the winner of Danny Garcia v Keith Thurman at the back end of the year.
The likes of Kell Brook, Amir Khan or Timothy Bradley would make exciting fights for Avanesyan, whilst the great Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to make a comeback in the next few months and would be looking for a title challenge the rising star could provide.