Arum Reacts To The Chatter of a Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko Bout

By Steve Kim

There have been reports from Filipino media outlets where Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) has stated that he was in discussions to face WBO junior lightweight titlist, Vasyl Lomachenko in the spring.

Pacquiao's statements caught many by surprise, because he's currently fighting at the welterweight limit of 147-pounds and Lomachenko is still competing at 126-pounds. 

While Lomachenko's manager, Egis Klimas, has rejected the idea of the fight - Bob Arum, the the founder of Top Rank (which represents both boxers) told on Wednesday that there had discussions, but the catch-weight became the main sticking point.

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Lomachenko is heading up to the lightweight division in the near future and the unbeaten boxer's father and head trainer did not want him moving up too high for that fight,

"There had been discussions to fight Lomachenko but the father of Lomachenko didn't want him to jump two weight classes. Lomachenko will fight first at lightweight and then what we're trying to do is have Manny fight a keep-busy fight and then fight Lomachenko in the fall," Arum told

Lomachenko, back on December 9th at the Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City, stopped Guillermo Rigondeaux in six round of their heavily hyped bout in a junior lightweight contest. Rigondeaux, who at the time held the WBA world title at 122-pounds, move up by two weight classes to take the fight.

Pacquiao, in his last bout on July 1st, traveled over to Brisbane, Australia and suffered an upset decision loss to 2012 Australian Olympian Jeff Horn, who walked away with the Filpino star's WBO welterweight belt before a crowd of 51,000 at the Suncorp Stadium.

A match-up between these two whirlwind southpaws would take place at 140-pounds.

"But the father said to jump from 130 to 140 was a bridge too far,"Arum reiterated.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chepboxingking on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18416353]144? How long ago was that cuz it hasn't been recently?? What we DO KNOW is that loma came in 138 for his last fight & wasn't allowed to go past that which means loma could easily make 140 to…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=BluDivision;18415795]What about Rigo?[/QUOTE] for the record I didn't agree with rigo jumping up that far. for me the big difference is loma is not considered to be an atg. you have some morons on here calling pac a top 5…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18416301]loma did it with Rigo....[/QUOTE] true but that fight had more intrigue and there was a demand for that fight. pac has unfinished business at welter wt.

Comment by BluDivision on 01-18-2018

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Comment by Floyd is TBE on 01-18-2018

Called it. The only logical reason to reject the Pac fight is if Loma doesn't think he can win. That "too old" **** made no sense.

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