After floating the idea of getting in the ring with the likes of British boxer Amir Khan and even MMA superstar Conor McGregor, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao apparently has his sights set on a new target. This time, it’s none other than Ukranian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko.
Pacquiao told Headstart host Karen Davila that his camp was already in negotiations with the pound-for-pound king for a possible bout this April. “I'm not retired yet... Nami-miss ko yung boxing,” he said.
If you haven’t heard of Lomachenko, he’s the reigning WBO super featherweight champion who currently boasts a stellar record of 10 wins (8 via KO) and only a single loss. The 29-year-old has also been named as Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year, an honor Pacquiao has received thrice during his prime.
Lomachenko’s most recent fight was in December when he faced then undefeated Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. Like his previous bouts, Lomachenko made quick work of the challenger as Rigondeaux quit just after the sixth round.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao comes off a controversial loss against Australian boxer Jeff Horn last July. So far, possible venues include the Philippines and Mexico but nothing is finalized yet. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum for his part has also reportedly said that this bout might be featured as an undercard matchup in the main event between Horn and Terence Crawford.