Top Rank chief confirms Pacquiao v Lomachenko could happen
Top Rank boss Todd Duboef has confirmed a fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Manny Pacquiao can happen if both come through their respective fights unscathed.
Lomachenko, one of the world’s current pound for pound best fighters, is pitted against Jorge Linares on May 12 in New York, whilst Pacquiao, a former world number one in his own right, faces Lucas Matthysse on July 14 in Kuala Lumpur.
A lot had been mentioned about the pair meeting before those respective fights were agreed, although Lomachenko needs to test the water at 135 pounds first.
If Linares can be defeated, and Pacquiao proves he’s still got prowess against the Argentine, a potential battle at around 137 or 138 pounds could be an eye-catching affair.
Asked whether he thinks Pac v Loma is an option, DuBoef was upbeat about the chances.
“If it could happen. that’s the one that has me scratching my head,” DuBoef told SiriusXM’s Boxing show.
“Obviously, Terence Crawford at 147 is as spectacular as any fighter in the world today (but) I think that’s not of any interest to Manny.
“I think he thinks he’s just too big right now and I think Manny’s going to be coming down in weight.
“So if that could happen, Loma and Manny, I think it’s fascinating and I think it is an absolutely fascinating fight to see.”
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