Manny Pacquiao’s former sparring partner George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr believes that the 39-year-old former eight-division world champion still has enough left in the tank to defeat popular pound-for-pound entrant Vasyl Lomachenko 11-1 (9) should a mooted bout between the two come to fruition.
Lomachenko, who goes by the nickname “Hi-Tech”, beat previously undefeated Gary Russell Jr to claim the vacant WBO featherweight title in just his third pro bout. The 30-year-old Ukrainian southpaw was last in action a fortnight ago when he climbed off the canvas in the sixth round to defeat veteran world champion Jorge Linares 44-4 (27) by TKO10 to claim the WBA lightweight title, his third championship belt in as many weight classes.
“Lomachenko’s win was a great victory over champion Linares. He showed he can overcome adversity, great angles and powered through as the fight was dead even by round ten,” the undefeated Australian lightweight told World Boxing News.
“In saying that, there are holes in his game. He can be hit, he can be knocked down and he can be beat, which we have all seen in his twelve fights.
“I think Lomachenko can be put off and frustrated against someone with fast hands, great angles, power and a warrior mentality to bring the fight to him. Someone young, hungry and fresh coming into the game very well could take him off his throne. Who knows, that someone might just be ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos.”
Kambosos, 14-0 (8), who travelled to the Philippines to spar Pacquiao ahead of his ill-fated fight against Australian schoolteacher Jeff Horn last year, is coming off a first-round blowout in his USA debut over Panamanian Jose Forero 13-7-1 (11) at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut in the headline fight on Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing show.
“On the other hand, I think Manny Pacquiao on his best day can still beat anyone in the world and on his day would beat Lomachenko,” said Kambosos.
“After doing 50 rounds of sparring with Pacquiao for the Horn fight, it is evident that his speed, power and movement are still there and could cause serious problems for Lomachenko especially after he was knocked down against Linares.
“Remember, Manny has gone toe-to-toe with some huge welterweights so I don’t think Lomachenko’s power would be a problem for him. And if he does land them clean shots it could end very badly for Lomachenko.”
Pacquiao, 59-7-2 (38), is currently in camp preparing for his challenge of WBA “regular” welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse 39-4 (36) of Argentina on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It will be the Filipino senator’s first fight since losing his WBO welterweight title to Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia last July.