Five who could be subsequent for Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao turned back the clock in Kuala Lumpur Sunday to register a initial knockout for nine a long time and acquire the welterweight world title from WBA title-holder Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.
With the Filipino fighting legend back again in the massive time, AFP Activity appears to be like at 5 boxers who could be funds-spinning opponents for Pacquiao’s subsequent fight:
– Amir Khan –
Pacquiao singled out the Brit, who applied to be his education companion when both of those have been beneath Freddie Roach’s wing, as a “prospective opponent” at his submit-struggle press meeting on Sunday. Previous light welterweight winner Khan has long wished a crack at Pacquiao and the pair agreed to struggle in Dubai very last calendar year right before the offer collapsed when the UAE investors unsuccessful to occur up with the dollars in time. Khan’s speed and energy could trouble Pacquiao but the Briton has experienced enormous knockout defeats in the past at the hands of huge punchers Danny Garcia and Saul “Canelo” Alvares.
– Jeff Horn –
Pacquiao is not anyone who talks revenge, but he is still smarting from the way Horn took his WBO welterweight belt in Brisbane a yr in the past with a controversial points choice in front of a closely partisan dwelling group. Horn dropped the title when stopped by Terence Crawford very last thirty day period. This time Pacquiao would call the pictures this means the bout would get put on his favoured turf, both at household in the Philippines or again in Kuala Lumpur where Pacquiao enjoyed massive support in the 15,000-seat Axiata Arena.
– Terence Crawford –
If Pacquiao wishes his previous WBO belt again then he wants to go knocking on unbeaten 30-12 months-previous American Crawford’s door. The hassle is, Crawford is now rated as “most effective pound-for-pound fighter” in the world, which means it could be a perilous combat to consider on. Bob Arum and Top Rank would probably want it in Las Vegas to maximise spend-for every-perspective returns as would Crawford, who has in no way fought outside the house of the US. Pacquiao may well just be lured by a profitable share of revenues for the reason that at virtually 40 decades outdated, he will not have several more eye-watering pay out days remaining.
– Vasyl Lomachenko –
Prime Rank promoter Arum claimed past week in comments noted by the Los Angeles Situations that Pacquiao was a single of the choices for Ukrainian light-weight champion Lomachenko’s return at the stop of this yr subsequent shoulder medical procedures. Pacquiao hinted at curiosity after beating Matthysse at welterweight (147 kilos) on Sunday but some observers doubt that he could move back down in excess weight to 140lb or considerably less to meet up with Lomachenko, who has only fought at 135lb or under. Pacquiao’s extensive-time conditioning mentor Justin Fortune says “Pac-Person” would have no issues, even though. “He could make 135 pounds inside of of 4 months,” he told AFP past week. “His metabolic rate is ridiculous. I never know what it is. He is a freak.”
– Floyd Mayweather –
Maybe the most remaining-discipline suggestion, but Pacquiao is ruling almost nothing out and states he will be up for a rematch of the pair’s 2015 superfight, just one of the richest in history, if Mayweather wants to occur out of retirement. “I have the belt, so it really is up to him… let us do a second 1,” mentioned Pacquiao soon after his earn on Sunday. Whether or not there would be the exact urge for food from admirers for fork out-for every-view buys as there was for the to start with combat among the two best fighters of their technology would seem doubtful as Mayweather is now 41 and Pacquiao will be 40 in December. The guy nicknamed “Cash” may well just come to a decision instead to continue to be at household counting his money relatively than possibility shedding his treasured 50-fight unbeaten record.