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Pacquiao Will Target Lomachenko in The Fall, Says Koncz

Manny Pacquiao, 39 years old, is looking to close 2018 with a bang.

On Monday, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya announced that a deal had been reached with Pacquiao to challenge Argentina's World Boxing Association "regular" welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.

The fight is scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur on July 14th.

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Pacquiao has been inactive since July of 2017, when he traveled to Australia and lost his WBO welterweight title to local star Jeff Horn in a big upset.

He's expecting a very tough outing against Lomachenko.

"This is going to be a tough fight. Matthysse is also a knockout artist. But I'm excited to fight and be a world champion again," Pacquiao said.

"I'm the underdog in this fight but I'm used to it. It serves as a big motivation for me to train and fight hard to win the crown."

Matthysse, who has 39 wins including 36 by knockout against four defeats, won the vacant WBA belt after beating Thailand's Teerachai Sithmorseng in January.

Beyond a fight with Matthysse, Pacquiao is eyeing a showdown with two-time Olympic gold medial winner Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs).

Michael Koncz, who manages Pacquiao, said a contest with Lomachenko would take place at the junior welterweight limit of 140-pounds.

"He has his eye on Lomachenko in the fall," Koncz told the Los Angeles Times.

Lomachenko, who holds the WBO super featherweight title, will return to the ring next month in an attempt to capture his third divisional belt when he challenges WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares. The contest takes place on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Pacquiao's performance in July will play a big role in getting Lomachenko in the ring. Last year, Lomachenko's handlers threw water at the idea of facing Pacquiao - claiming the Filipino boxer was way past his best.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 7not8 on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18641001]I agree 135 is too much for manny to come down....& rigo hurt my pick for the year the way he stunk it up. Main reason I picked him was the pivot & counter I thought he was going to…

Comment by Good,yeah!!! on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18640470]Next year?[/QUOTE] Quite possible if Manny be still active.

Comment by Shadoww702 on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18640938]Its fun exposing these fans like exposing the hype jobs in boxing....lol[/QUOTE] Yes it is!

Comment by j.razor on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=7not8;18635816]It's also a huge ask for Manny to make a 135lb limit which some would and have been asking for. I know that Loma weighed more than Rigo on the scales at every point but his weight advantage wasn't nearly…

Comment by BufordTannen on 04-04-2018

if manny is a free agent, why does he care about fighting loma, a top rank 135 pounder?

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