The Filipino boxing icon, Senator Manny Pacquiao, already has around four fights lined up following his dominant performance against American boxer Jessie Vargas in October.
The only details to be ironed out for these fights are the opponents and where these matches will take place.
According to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s next likely opponent inside the ring this year will be undefeated Australian Jeff Horn (16-0-1), World Boxing News reports.
“Jeff Horn is a good possibility. I will be flying soon to the Philippines once I finalized every detail,” he said, adding that he is grooming Pacquiao to be a global fighter.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s more anticipated fight with American boxer and also undefeated two-division champion Terence Crawford (30-0) is also being cooked up for the end of 2017.
Team Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz was quoted as saying that their camp will agree to a Crawford bout if they are guaranteed $20 million, GMA News Online reports.
For 2018, Arum is looking at WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1), a newcomer in the professional boxing world who poses a threat to the Pacman.
“A possible Pacquiao fight against Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko could also happen late next year in the US if ever Lomachenko goes up to the welterweight class,” he said.
All these names leave one more slot for another opponent for Pacquiao in 2018. We’re crossing our fingers for either a rematch against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., or a fifth outing with his nemesis, Juan Manuel Marquez.