Although boxing legend Manny Pacquiao already has his next fight lined up, he’s looking into the future.
The boxing legend is slated to challenge Lucas Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight title on July 15th, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Some thought that this fight would never happen due to Pacquiao taking some time off.
He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing by winning eleven major world titles and being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes.
He is also first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing. Those classes include flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight.
Pacquiao has gone on record by stating to the media to promote this upcoming fight that he’s interested in fighting junior lightweight titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko in the near future, which could end up being later this year.
"It's one of my plans, fighting Lomachenko," Pacquiao admitted last week at the press launch of Fight of Champions (transcript courtesy of ESPN).
Of course, in order for this fight to happen, Pacquiao needs to have an impressive performance in his next fight, which will not be an easy task.
"My plan is to have a fight here in Manila, either Lomachenko or anybody as long as it's here in Manila," he said. "It will be exciting."
"I need to work hard for this fight because Matthysse is the kind of fighter you wouldn't want to underestimate," he said.
"There are a lot of boxers (who are very good pound-for-pound)," he said. "One of those is Lomachenko."
Pacquiao has been a superstar of the sport for many years as he has generated approximately 19.2 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 23 PPV bouts. He was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015.
The career of the boxing legend has been on a roller coaster of a ride since suffering a devastating loss knockout loss to great rival Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.
Thus, he has gone 5-2 in his last seven fights that include dropping decisions to Floyd Mayweather, Jr in May 2015 and Jeff Horn in July of 2017.
On the flip side, Lomachenko has made the image of being one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet right now as he holds a pro-boxing record of 10-1 with 8 of the wins coming by KO.
Now, she’s slated to fight Jorge Linares for the WBA lightweight belt at Madison Square Garden on May 13.