Last month, Argentinean puncher Lucas Matthysse expressed his desire to secure a showdown with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Matthysse made the challenge following his eight round TKO of Tewa Kiram at The Forum in Los Angeles. With that victory, he captured the 'regular' version of the WBA welterweight title.
Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) has stood pretty firm that he's ready to fight Pacquiao in his next fight.
Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez has stated to BoxingScene.com that his company wouldn't stand in the way of Matthysse heading over to ESPN, where Pacquiao is contractually bound, to do the fight.
Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach. is also on board with the contest and recently interacted with one of Matthysse's team members.
"I love that fight, one of his trainers was here the other day," said Roach to BoxingScene.com.
"I took [his trainer] downstairs [at the Wild Card Boxing Club], I gave him the tour a little bit, he pointed at a picture of Pacquiao and said, 'We want him' and I said, 'I would love for you to have him.'"
"I think it's a great fight, two guys who are a little bit older and not as big of punchers as they once were but it's a very good action-packed fight."
Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO's), who is rumored to be facing former champion Mike Alvarado in mid-April, has not fought since losing the WBO welterweight belt to Jeff Horn on July 1st at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Now the question has been posed to Pacquiao, who is also very interested in that fight scenario and wants to make it happen.
“I want Matthysse,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin during a break in his Senate duties Tuesday afternoon.
“This is the fight that I like…a fight fans would also like to see. I can fight in April or even May."