By Radio Rahim
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum has a dream fight of his own that he'd love to make in 2017 - Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38KOs) vs. Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4KOs).
Arum is very high on that matchup and believes it can be done at a catch-weight between lightweight and junior welterweight. Arum believes Pacquiao could get down as low as the lightweight limit of 135 if he wanted to.
Pacquiao, currently fighting at 147-pounds, will challenge WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Three weeks later, also in Las Vegas, Lomachenko will defend his WBO super featherweight title against Nicholas Walters at the Cosmopolitan.
Lomachenko is already a two-division world champion in only seven pro fights. The two-time Olympic gold medal winner is regarded by a lot of experts as the greatest amateur fighter in the history of the game. Pacquiao, who began his career at minimumweight, is the only fighter to capture belts in eight divisions with his biggest leap in 2010 to capture the vacant WBC junior middleweight belt - at a catch-weight of 150-pounds - with a win over Antonio Margarito.
"What fight would I want to see Manny in? I would pay any amount of money to see Manny fight Lomachenko. That for me would be a great, great fight.
They could fight anywhere from 135 to 140 pounds. Manny could make 135 easy. I never asked about fighting Lomachenko, but ask me about a fight that I would want to see - him against Crawford is also a good fight, but for me I love guys who are almost like ballet dancers in the ring, and Lomachenko is that and so is Manny," Arum said.