Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 39, of the Philippines is looking forward to defend his World Boxing Association (Regular) Welterweight title on December 2, 2018. Among his possible challengers are Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko, 30, of Ukraine, Terence “Bud” Crawford, 30, of the United States and Amir “King” Khan, 31, of Great Britain.
The last time Pacquiao lost in the ring was on July 2, 2017. He lost via unanimous decision to Jeff Horn, 30, of Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
On July 15, 2018, Pacquiao returned to the ring and dethroned then reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight Championship Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse, 35, of Argentina. It was the Filipino boxer’s first WBA title.
Pacquiao’s team is still looking for his next opponent, the reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight Champion told the Philippine Star. Some boxing fans want him to fight Khan at the Wembley Stadium in Wembley, London, England but there is just one problem, according to the Filipino boxer’s adviser Mike Koncz.
“The problem with London because I’ve been there is that their tax rate is worse than America,” Koncz told the publication. He said the tax is 39 percent in the U.S. and 40 percent in the United Kingdom.
Lomachenko, Crawford and Khan are all coming out of the victory. The three boxers also have upcoming bouts before 2019.
Khan holds a professional boxing record of 32 wins and 4 losses. He will competed against Samuel Vargas, 29, of Colombia on September 8, 2018 at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England.
On October 13, Crawford will put his undefeated professional boxing record on the line. With 24 wins and 0 loss, he will defend his World Boxing Organization Welterweight title from his fellow American boxer Jose Benavidez, 26, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
On December 1, 2018, Lomachenko will face Jose “Goldo” Pedraza of Puerto Rico in Los Angeles, California. The Ukrainian boxer will defend his WBA (Super) and The Ring lightweight titles.
Meanwhile, a rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., 41, of the U.S., is apparently not happening soon. Instead of fighting the Filipino boxer again, the latter wants to work with him in his future fights.
Mayweather previously told Fight Hype that he wanted to “get on the phone with Pacquiao” and see see if he can “put him in position.” The undefeated American fighter added that there is many good competitions out there that the Filipino boxer could fight.
Here is an interview with Pacquiao’s business partner Arnold Vegafria: