Roach Very Confident That Pacquiao Would Beat Lomachenko

By Miguel Rivera

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who guides the career of eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), is really high on a potential fight with WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs).

Their mutual promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has been mentioning that fight for the fall.

At the moment, Lomachenko is competing at 126-pounds - but plans to head up to the lightweight limit of 135 in April.


The fight would likely take place at the junior welterweight limit of 140 - if a deal is put together.

At the moment Pacquiao is being geared to a ring return on April 14th at Madison Square Garden in New York, in what would be the Filipino fighter's first bout since losing a twelve round decision to Jeff Horn in July 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. The rumored opponent is Mike Alvarado.

Lomachenko was in the ring back in December, when he dominated and stopped Guillermo Rigondeaux, who was moving up from 122-pounds.

Roach is confident that Pacquiao still has enough in the tank to beat Lomachenko.

"I thought we won the last fight. Manny is still a very good fighter. He looked really good in training for our last fight. I really like the Lomachenko fight for him. I would take that fight if they offer it. I think Manny beats him. I think I got the better guy. Who has Lomachenko really beaten? I really like our chances in that fight," Roach said. 

Roach does admit that his boxer will always have a tough time in scheduling his future fights, because he's juggling a boxing career and his career as a senator back home in the Philippines. 

"Having two jobs is very difficult, being a world champion and being a senator may be a lot for him. Manny has always been a very busy person. He has always been singing or dancing, he has always been a busy person. But being a senator and being a world champion, I think it's a lot for him these days," Roach said.

Roach is not exactly sure who his boxer will face in the fall, as there have been stories about fighting Lomachenko and there have also been stories about fighting the winner of Jeff Horn vs. Terence Crawford.

"I really wanted him to fight with Horn but I do not think it's going to happen because he's going to face Crawford. I think Horn owed us a rematch. I have heard stories where we are going to face Lomachenko and Crawford but there is definitely nobody [finalized]. I have not heard anything from Manny, I have not heard from Michael Koncz [Pacquiao's adviser]," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KingTito on 02-13-2018

[QUOTE=mrjoeblive;18480088]they already said they don't want pac fighting Crawford. pac has already turned down the rematch with horn. pac should not try to fight little loma but there are more credible fights out there for him. I would rather he…

Comment by mcdonalds on 02-12-2018

Hopefully Loma embarrasses pedquiao

Comment by RL_GMA on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18481318]Agree with you. Despite that being the case, Crawford would earn the fight by beating Horn and should get it.[/QUOTE] Bud seems like he doesn't really care about the fight, even recently saying he doesn't expect it to…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=RL_GMA;18481312]Simply put, Bud will VERY likely hurt Manny where Lomachenko may just outbox Manny to a lop sided but some what entertaining 12 round decision. Freddie's been very vocal about not wanting Manny in there with Bud. I think the…

Comment by RL_GMA on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18480627]Manny is ranked #2 at ww. The ww champ Horn is defending against #1 ranked Crawford. Manny will be elevated to #1 contender after this fight happens. Why would you want him to fight against the 135 champ…

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