Arum says Lomachenko-Pacquiao possible for 2017

November 22, 2016

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Trying not to get too excited because everything could easily fall apart, but 2017 is looking like it could be an exciting year for boxing.

Vasyl Lomachenko faces maybe his toughest challenge yet this Saturday against Nicholas Walters.  This will be his first defense of his WBO junior lightweight title, which he won in June against Roman Martinez in dominating fashion.  With that victory, Lomachenko became the fastest fighter ever to win a belt in two different weight classes.

If he can beat the hard hitting Jamaican, which he is favored to do, Bob Arum says he’ll be on to even bigger and better things.

“He has huge upside,” Arum said to reporters on Monday on a conference call.  “This is the second world title [Lomachenko] has won in seven professional fights.  Never happened before.  And he’s gonna win other world titles as he goes up in weight.”

“And there’s gonna be very, very interesting guys for him to fight.  I mean, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he and Manny [Pacquiao] could fight sometime next year.  Vasyl Lomachenko wants challenges.  And as I say, he’s a tremendous, tremendous talent.  So his upside is enormous.  And as a lot of people are watching him, not just boxing fans, because he is such an unbelievable performer – and I’ve had a lot of people who are not really that into boxing, who have seen him whether it’s on YouTube or HBO, and have said what an unbelievable talent he is.”

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Lomachenko was apparently on that conference call, and said that he would want to fight Pacquiao, but that he would need another fight in between Walters and Pacquiao since he would have to move up in weight.  Lomachenko is currently at 130 and Pacquiao is at 147, so they would probably have to meet somewhere in the middle.

This would be a pretty entertaining fight that everyone would love to see, but I don’t know how much sense it would make for Pacquiao.  He would run a pretty big risk of losing, which would be unfortunate for him at the end of his career, especially since Lomachenko is lesser known.  Plus the fight would involve the added difficulty of him dropping at least some weight.

The fight would be easier to negotiate since Lomachenko and Pacquiao are promoted by Top Rank, but I would think it would make more sense for Pacquiao to face the victor of the Danny Garcia vs Keith Thurman fight for a big welterweight unification showdown (assuming that Floyd Mayweather stays retired, in which case Pacquiao would certainly be facing him).  I think Pacquiao would have a better chance at beating one of them, and it would probably be a bigger payday than Pac-Lomachenko.  Regardless, I get the feeling that Pacquiao will be looking to face better opposition than Jessie Vargas with his next fight, and I know that Lomachenko is always looking to fight the best guy he can find.  Beating Pacquiao would make him a star in boxing.  I hope this fight happens.

Check out our Lomachenko vs. Walters live blog HERE.

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