Lomachenko vs. Pacquiao Still Possible For 2018, Explains Arum

By Steve Kim

Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) will look to become a three-time world champion by taking the title from WBA lightweight belt-holder Jorge Linares on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

And on July 14, eight division champion Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) will challenge WBA "regular" welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia.

For the last few months, there has been some discussion regarding a potential showdown between Lomachenko and Pacquiao at the junior welterweight limit of 140-pounds.


Is there any chance that a fight between Pacquiao and Lomachenko will actually take place later in 2018?

Bob Arum, who promotes both men, tells - "Yes [it could happen], because the one thing at this stage that everybody has difficulty with is advising Manny as to who to fight next. He doesn't take advice kindly and maybe at his age and because of his position in politics. He's used to making the decisions first."

Of course, the fight depends on both boxers walking away with victories and uninjured from their upcoming assignments.

A Lomachenko-Pacquiao bout has been discussed for a couple of years - and as Arum noted, it's key that 'the Pac Man' has real interest in it.

"(Pacquiao) has been talking to me for awhile now about fighting Lomachenko and he indeed wanted to fight Lomachenko rather than Lucas Matthysse before that fight was made - but Lomachneko's father didn't want to do that fight because he wanted to first test Lomachenko at 135. He's very methodical, Anatoly," said Arum of Lomachenko's dad.

Pacquiao, and his longtime adviser Michael Koncz, have stated in recent interviews that Lomachenko would be their next target opponent.

The talented Ukrainian has won titles at featherweight, super featherweight and wants to continue climbing the divisional ladder to collect more world titles.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by _Rexy_ on 05-11-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18758539]The Manny/Loma fight isn't being discussed at 147 but at 140 or a CW.[/QUOTE] My bad, I haven't really paid attention to the rumor since it was first announced, and I thought it was originally mentioned at WW

Comment by The Big Dunn on 05-11-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;18754682]I think it's always okay for a trainer to talk like that when your last fight was at 130lbs and people are talking about you jumping to welterweight. 130 to 147 is a massive jump. I'm curious if it's been…

Comment by CLUBBER! on 05-10-2018

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18752827]Well he'd be moving up 3 divisions. Who else has done that in one fight recently? I guess it's only an issue if some fathers/trainers admit this.[/QUOTE] Canelo vs Josesito Lopez? lol Might have only been 2 divisions...

Comment by Letmaku on 05-10-2018

Pacquiao should fight Mikey Garcia @140 instead of Matthysse @147

Comment by Metho_4u on 05-10-2018

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18755015]GGG is maxed out already from his Olympic and amateur days. He can't go higher than 164...[/QUOTE] Ok, so he fought dirrell, bute, etc, in the amateurs, but can't fight them at 168? Sanchez made all those bs claims about…

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