'Not retired' Pacquiao says he's angling for Lomachenko fight
Will we see #PacLoma in 2018? (Photo courtesy of AP)
'I'm not retired yet."
That was the statement from eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao, who appeared on ANC's Headstart to give an update as to what's next in his career.
The fighting senator admitted that he's itching to get back into the ring.
"I'm not retired yet, nami-miss ko yung boxing eh." Pacquiao said.
Ever since beginning his politcal career, the fighting senator has been criticized of focusing too much on his boxing and at times neglecting his work as a lawmaker.
During his senatorial campaign, Pacquiao promised that he'd have better attendance as a member of the Philippine senate, and he again reiterated that promise, saying that he won't let his boxing get in the way of his political work.
"Ang pangako ko sa mga tao, hindi ma-apektuhan ang trabaho ko." Pacquiao said.
The 39-year old Pinoy boxing legend added that he's trying to get back in the ring this April, being that the senate will be in recess from late-March to mid-May.
"Yung April, magandang idea dahil off kami ng March 23 to May 13. So April, wala kaming trabaho,"
So who's Manny got his sights set on for his next fight?
No, it's not Conor McGregor.
Pacquiao says that he's trying to get in the ring with reigning WBO junior lightweight world champion Vasyl 'Hi-Tech' Lomachenko.
While Manny didn't go into too much detail, he said that there are indeed negotiations with the 29-year old Ukrainian boxing machine.
"May negotiations ngayon with yung number one pound-for-pound, which is Lomachenko."
Lomachenko is seen as one of the best boxers in the world today, and is among the top-three pound-for-pound, alongside middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and the unbeaten Terrence Crawford. The two-time Olympic gold medalist boasts an impressive 10-1 professional record with eight knockouts. His last seven wins have come via stoppage, with four of them coming via retirement, including his most recent win against previously undefeated Gullermo Rigondeaux.
Pacquiao, 59-7 with 38 knockouts, is coming off a highly-controversial title loss to Jeff Horn in Australia back in July of 2017.
Whether or not a fight between Pacquiao and Lomachenko will actually materialize remains to be seen.
Should it push through in 2018, who do you think takes it?