Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring on January 19 against Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. For the 39-year-old Pacquiao, who recently signed with Al Haymon, it’s an opportunity to beat a very good fighter with name recognition. Also, it could be an opportunity to get a rumored rematch with Floyd Mayweather or a fight with other big name fighters who are signed to Haymon and PBC.
WBA lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, who has a unification fight against WBO lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, and who many thought would eventually fight Pacquiao at some point, believes Pacquiao’s best years are behind him and would have no desire to fight the Philippine legend.
“I’m not disrespecting Pacquiao, but I don’t want to make my name bigger because I beat an old legend,” Lomachenko said at a press conference today. “I have my own road. There are a lot of good fighters to fight who are comparable to me. He’s old. I think his career is done. I don’t want to become a legend in boxing because of him.”
In reality, now that Pacquiao is with Haymon, a fight Lomachenko would probably be difficult to make. Therefore, it probably won’t happen.
Pacquiao’s best years are behind him, but he still is a formidable opponent for anybody as we saw back in July when he stopped Lucas Matthysse, so I don’t think he’s done just yet. In fact, Pacquiao probably beats Broner in January.