Arum confirms Pacquiao to return April 14, Roach says Lomachenko will happen at 140 in November

Nick Giongco 07/02/2018
Manny Pacquiao Vasyl Lomachenko

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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said that an announcement on Manny Pacquiao’s next fight—scheduled April 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City—should come in the next few days.

“It will be on the same night Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford will fight for the (world welterweight title),” said Arum at the American Bank Center.

“We’re just waiting and we will do the announcement once Manny’s on board,” said the 86-year-old Arum.

The identity of Pacquiao’s opponent remains under wraps although the name of former world champion Mike Alvarado has been mentioned many times.

Pacquiao, 39, lost to Horn in his last fight in July in Brisbane and is raring to get back on track.

Arum revealed last week in Los Angeles that if the eight-division Filipino champion emerges victorious this April, he will return to combat duty in November.

Freddie Roach even went further, adding that Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko, the dazzling Ukranian puncher, are on a collision course.

“Lomachenko’s next fight will be at 135 lbs and he and Manny will meet at 140 (later in the year),” said the Wild Card Boxing Club guru.

WBN Note: Despite Egis Klimas denying Lomachenko will fight Pacquiao recently, Arum has always stated it was his intention for the pair to meet later in the year. 

Lomachenko is in talks to battle Jorge Linares for the WBA lightweight title before potentially moving on to trade blows with legendary eight-weight champion Pacquiao in a career-defining clash.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco, Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks