Despite entering the autumn years of his legendary career, Manny Pacquiao may still have a mammoth bout on the horizon.
Since his ‘Fight of the Century’ with Floyd Mayweather in 2015, ‘Pacman’ has been relatively subdued, defeating Timothy Bradley for a second time, along with Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao hit the headlines for the wrong reasons back in July, however.
A controversial and shock defeat to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn earned Manny his seventh loss, and at 39-years-old, it seemed as though he was on the cusp of hanging up his gloves.
Per an interview he conducted with ABS-CBN in his native Philippines though, Pacquiao is actively seeking out arguably the toughest challenge available to him.
“There are negotiations now about the number one pound-for-pound, which is [Vasyl] Lomachenko, there are still talks on the weight; reducing the weight”, he stated.
Lomachenko, the amateur legend who only turned professional at the age of 25, fought for the WBO featherweight title in just his second pro fight.
Despite losing that contest to Orlando Solido, ‘Hi-Tech’ has gone on to compile a 10-1 record, with his latest win over the previously undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux placing him at number three in The Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Pacquiao plans to fight the Ukrainian in April, where his political duties at home won’t affect his preparation.
“I’m not retired. My promise to the people, it will not affect my work. April is a good idea because we’re off March 23 to May 13. So in April, we have no work.”
He insists that three months of training for Loma is “more than enough”, and a win over the WBO junior lightweight champion would be the best way possible for legend to cap off his career.