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Boxing: Lomachenko not interested in fighting Pacquiao

Source : 112 Ukraine

‘They will tell me I made the old man compete in someone else’s weight division’, Ukrainian says
12:17, 24 January 2018

112 Agency

Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko commented on the possible fight with famous Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao.

‘I was amazed when they offered me to fight Manny Pacquiao, it became interesting. He is a legend, a big name and the top fighter. The only question is which weight category the fight could take place in. The Filipino belongs to the middleweight division (up to 66.7 kg), while I only try to switch to the lightweight (up to 61.2). If I go for the middleweight, it will be irrational and illogical – at least in terms of physiology’, he said as quoted by boxing.ua.  

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‘I am not going to accept the fight this year. However, if the bout takes place next year, they’ll just tell me I sent the old man to someone else’s weight category. There are many champions in my weight division, and I’m going to continue my career in this direction. Modern boxing, modern names,’ Lomachenko said.

According to the Ukrainian, he does not believe that Pacquiao would call him and offer to fight him – the boxer from two weight categories lower than his own. ‘If I decide to finish my career tomorrow, I am not going to ask some guy from a lower weight category to conduct the farewell fight. It’s good money, but that’s not why I’m fighting. Me and my father – we both just know it will not give me anything’, he concluded.

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