Who will be Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent?
There have been a handful of names floated regarding a potential opponent for the all-time great, including UFC star Conor McGregor and current pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko.
While McGregor rumors have been shot down after they gained a little steam, attention now appears to be focusing in on Lomachenko.
In fact, according to Pacquiao, negotiations are underway.
“There are negotiations now about the number one pound-for-pound (boxer) which is Lomachenko,” said Pacquiao during an interview in the Philippines, via The Ring. “There are still talks on the weight, reducing the weight.”
But for what it’s worth, Lomachenko’s manager laughed off the potential of a fight between the two.
“No, we are not fighting Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is calling out Lomachenko, who is three weight classes down the scale from him. Manny Pacquiao is 147 pounds and he’s calling out Lomachenko, who is 130 pounds. That’s insane,” Egis Klimas told ESPN.
“The next thing you know, you’ll have Gennady Golovkin calling out Lomachenko to fight. It would be like Sergey Kovalev calling out to fight Manny Pacquiao. It’s ridiculous.”
It is believed that Pacquiao wants to return to the ring in April on the same ESPN-televised card that will feature Jeff Horn’s WBO welterweight title defense against Terence Crawford. That is the same title that Pacquiao lost to Horn during a controversial decision last summer in Australia.
If Pacquiao lands on the Horn-Crawford card, it is expected to take place on either April 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas or April 21 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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