By Miguel Rivera
WBA "regular" welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) is about to begin training for his next potential fight.
The Argentine puncher is ready to face Manny Pacquiao, WBC/WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman or even do a rematch with Danny Garcia.
Last month in Los Angeles, Matthysse captured the WBA belt with a knockout victory over undefeated Tewa Kiram. The win places Matthysse in line for a world title shot against the 'super' champion - which is Thurman.
Thurman is scheduled to return on May 19th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and no opponent has been set of yet.
Garcia, who last weekend knocked out Brandon Rios, won a twelve round decision over Matthysse in 2013.
Pacquiao is scheduled to fight on April 14th, with Mike Alvarado as the frontrunner opponent to face him.
Among all of the options, Matthysse's manager, Mario Arano, says Pacquiao would be their dream fight.
"There have been some conversations but nothing has come about as of yet. We are ready for Pacquiao, Thurman, Garcia, for whatever," said Arano to ESPN Deportes.
"The truth is that Lucas is ready for anyone. Those who know us know that he has never liked to pick his opponents, and we of course like the fight with Pacquiao."
Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has already stated to BoxingScene.com in a recent interview that he's not going to match his fighter with Matthysse in April. He would be open to making that fight at a later point in the year - possibly.
Thurman is making a voluntary defense when he returns, and then he's been ordered to make two mandatory defenses - according to a directive from the WBC. He must face his first mandatory, which is Shawn Porter, and then the second mandatory challenger is Danny Garcia. The door could open for Matthysse - if Porter and Garcia decided to fight each other.