Manny Pacquiao Has 'Couple More Fights' Before Retiring, Wants Vasyl Lomachenko Next
21 April, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Sammy Rose
As previously reported, Manny Pacquiao believes he has "a couple more fights" left in him before he retires, starting with his first contest in more than a year when he faces Argentine WBA "regular" welterweight world champion Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur this July. Pacquiao is now a senator in the Philippine parliament and many in the country believe he will one day run for president, although the boxer has insisted he is happier in the ring than politics.
"If he doesn't win, it is time to step away", said Pacquiao's manager Michael Koncz to the Manila Bulletin.
Lomachencko is now campaigning at lightweight (130 lbs) while Pacquiao's showdown with Matthysse is at welterweight (147 lbs).
The 39 year old Pacquiao confirmed to reporters last week that his career "is not over yet." but is looking at his legacy.
To set the stage for the super showdown between the former pound-for-pound king and the heir apparent, Lomachenko is making his debut at 135 lbs (lightweight) on May 12 when he battles world champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela.
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"You have to work on your stamina and be 100 focused because if you don't, there's no reason why you should fight somebody like Matthysse", said Pacquiao, who is attempting to bounce back from a shocking loss to Jeff Horn in Australia previous year.
His fight against Matthysse is his first promotion under his own firm.
"It can be a way to be in touch with the fanbase and (there are) a lot of things we can do with this cryptocurrency", Phys.org cited Pacquiao via AFP. I am not going to give it up.
Lomachenko though, is not so sure a win over Pacquiao will do much for his career as critics will put down the victory.
"If I find the right opponent and all goes well, who knows I might fight here once again", he said during a press conference here today. "However, if the bout takes place next year, they'll just tell me I sent the old man to someone else's weight category".
"He came from nothing to be a champion and me too. Modern boxing, modern names". "It's good money, but that's not why I'm fighting", he added.
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