‘We’re now talking about a fight against Vasyl Lomachenko. So far, we’ve been discussing the weight category for this fight. I still miss the boxing,’ Pacquiao said.
Lomachenko is currently in the featherweight division (up to 59 kg); Pacquiao performs in the middleweight (up to 66.7).
In December 2017, the Ukrainian claimed the title of the best boxer of the passing year granted by the HBO channel. The fighter confidently defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux and thus defended his WBO title, which added to his already impressive image. Lomachenko retained his WBO title in that bout; the TKO occurred in Round 6, as the Cuban said he injured his hand and could not continue.
Earlier in 2017, Lomachenko also outmatched Jason Sosa and Miguel Marriaga; in all three fights, he triumphed and preserved his championship.
Previously, the Ukrainian was considered the year's best boxer by Fightnews and Boxing News 24; he also remains in the top three of ESPN and BWAA rankings.