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Vasyl Lomachenko Explains Why He Doesn't Want To Fight Manny Pacquiao

Vasyl Lomachenko Explains Why He Doesn't Want To Fight Manny Pacquiao

Vasyl Lomachenko is one of the most dangerous men on the planet when it comes to a boxing ring but the Ukrainian won't be fighting legend Manny Pacquiao, he explained why.

There are some fights in boxing that everyone is screaming out to see, as is always the way, with Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua's potential tear up to decide the true king of the heavyweights top of that list right now.

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Of course should Wilder lose a rematch to Tyson Fury, and the Brit should have won the first fight, then that will change to a desire to see the two undefeated British champions go at it in the ring.

Some fights aren't necessarily fights we want to see but seem inevitable. Manny Pacquiao's first fight with Floyd Mayweather was about five years too late and wasn't that exciting and yet it seems like the pair will face off again sometime this year.

Pacquiao is back to form and made easy work of Adrien Broner last weekend, even though the American took him to a decision, but at 40 the Filipino is closer to the end of his career than the beginning.

That is exactly why Vasyl Lomachenko, the man who currently holds the WBC lightweight title, won't be fighting Pacquiao, explaining:

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"He's old. I think his career is done. I don't want to become a legend in boxing because of him... Listen, I'm not disrespecting Manny Pacquiao, but I don't want to make my name bigger because I beat an old legend.

"Pacquiao has had a long and glorious career, he doesn't have nothing to prove versus me. I have my own road. There are a lot of good fighters in their primes to fight right now who are comparable to me."

Lomachenko faced Jorge Linares last year. Image: PA Images
Lomachenko faced Jorge Linares last year. Image: PA Images

Lomachenko is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world right now and just 13 fights into his professional career is a three weight world champion.

He is unlikely to move up in weight until he has become undisputed champion at lightweight with Mickey Garcia currently holding the WBC version of the title.

Lomachenko could face Anthony Crolla next. Image: PA Images
Lomachenko could face Anthony Crolla next. Image: PA Images

The Ukrainian's next fight is likely to be against Britain's Anthony Crolla. The Mancunian is mandatory challenger and the champion doesn't want to give up his belt.

Will Lomachenko become undisputed lightweight champion?

Topics: Anthony Crolla, Manny Pacquiao, Boxing News, Adrien Broner, Vasyl Lomachenko, Floyd Mayweather

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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