Ukrainian boxing legend and pound for pound #1 boxer on the planet, Vasyl Lomachenko shocked the world again last night as he moved up to the Lightweight division and knocked out Jorge Linares in the 10th round of their title fight. After the fight, Vasyl and his camp made it clear who they want to tangle with next, they want a super fight with none other than Manny Pacquiao. Well today Manny made it clear that this will be his next bout after Lucas Matthysse in the 147-pound division on July 15 and believes he can made the 135 pound limit:
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Manny Pacquiao: Speaking to World Boxing News
“Yes, of course, we are interested in that fight. Vasyl Lomachenko just beat Jorge Linares and he has the lightweight belt now [which means we can fight for a title]. Why not fight again in America? I have always been a fighter. If a good fight can be made anywhere, we will be there to accept this fight.”
“I could take a fight with Lomachenko at 135, but that would be pushing me to my limits.”
On January 30, Arum told ESPN that negotiations had begun in December 2017 for a fight between Lomachenko and WBA, The Ring Magazine lightweight champion Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) after speaking to Teiken Promotions, Linares’ lead promoter, with the fight to take place on either April 28 or May 12, 2018. The fight would main event an ESPN card. Arum was pushing for the fight to take place at Madison Square Garden on May 12, 2018.
The reason behind the date was explained by Arum, “May 12th is an extraordinarily important date for ESPN programming. It’s right in the middle of the basketball playoffs.” Carl Moretti called Eric Gomez of Golden Boy informing them of the date. Gomez stated they were happy with the fight, however the date of May 12 was not a good date for them, as they already had plans for that date. HBO would likely air the pay-per-view replay of Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Álvarez rematch, along with a live bout.
On February 17, Gomez stated the fight was not called off and Arum would need to be more flexible with the date as Golden Boy accepted Arum’s terms that the fight would take place in New York. On March 13, Los Angeles Times confirmed that terms had been agreed between both sides. The agreement was reached after ESPN agreed to televise the fight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, so it would broadcast before HBO’s telecast on the same day. Madison Square Garden in New York City was confirmed as the venue. On March 21, the fight was officially announced.
WBO president Francisco Valcarcel told Lomachenko, regardless of result, he would have 10 days to decide on whether he would return to super featherweight and defend his WBO or vacate. Both boxers weighed in 134.6 pounds. Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (Ukrainian: Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко, IPA: [βɐˈsɪlʲ lomɐˈtʃɛnko]; born 17 February 1988) is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He has held the WBO super featherweight title since 2016, and previously the WBO featherweight title from 2014 to 2016; having won the latter title in his third professional fight.