Most people in boxing peg an eventual bout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin as the fight they most want to see, but Top Rank promoter Bob Arum takes an entirely different route and wants to see Manny Pacquiao fight Vasyl Lomachenko.
Pacquiao is set to make his return to boxing after retiring in April. He will challenge WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5.
Should Pacquiao win that bout, much of the talk has been focused on the possibility of seeing Pacquiao take on unified lineal junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford in April next year. Arum says Crawford is a strong possibility, but so is Lomachenko; and he would personally want to see the latter.
“I don’t make the plans,” Arum told FightHub. “If we can clear time with the senate in the Philippines, and we can get a date where Manny can fight, and he gets by Jessie Vargas, then he will fight. And Terence Crawford is a possibility, as is Vasyl Lomachenko, because that’s a fight I want to see more than any other fight that’s out there.”
Currently, Lomachenko is the reigning WBO junior lightweight champion, setting a three weight class separation between him and Pacquiao at the moment, but Arum already has the numbers in mind.
“They’d fight between 135 and 140.”
Arum doesn’t think getting them to fight in that weight span would be an issue at all.
“No it won’t, not at all. That’s the least of the problems.”
Ultimately though, Arum says it is not up to him who Pacquiao gets matched up with. He just gives Pacquiao a group of options to choose from.
“People don’t believe it. I give Manny Pacquiao the options, and he picks the opponent. And Lomachenko has got a real tough fight coming up in November with [Nicholas] Walters. And Crawford’s gonna fight Dec. 10. We hope to have an opponent by the end of the day. So either of them are real possibilities. ”