Vasyl Lomachenko says Manny Pacquiao ‘is done’ and ‘too old’ and he won't fight the boxing legend

Lomachenko returns to the ring on Saturday having last fought in May when he defeated Jorge Linares for the WBA lightweight world title with a tenth round stoppage.

The Ukrainian will fight WBO 135lbs champion José Pedraza in a lightweight unification bout in New York.

However, Lomachenko was linked to a fight with eight-weight world champion Pacquiao with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum keen on a passing of the torch showdown.

Lomachenko, however, had other ideas as he told SecondsOut that a fight against Pacman, who beat Lucas Matthysse in his last fight, is of no interest to him.

He said: "I'm not disrespecting Pacquiao, but I don't want to make my name bigger because I beat an old legend.

“I have my own road. There are a lot of good fighters to fight who are comparable to me. He's [Pacquiao] old. I think his career is done.

“I don't want to because of him be a legend.”

Lomachenko’s next opponent Pedraza claimed the WBO strap when he beat Ray Beltrán in August.

Pedraza has one career loss coming against current WBA super-featherweight champion Gervonta Davis.

And Lomachenko claimed Pedraza’s style is ‘not very interesting’.

Lomachemko said: “His style is not very interesting and not comfortable for all boxers because he’s always on defense and waiting for a mistake.

“If you’ve seen my fights, it will be similar to the [Miguel] Marriaga fight. They have the same style.”

Lomachenko held WBO world titles at featherweight and super-featherweight, and the two-time Olympic Gold medalist claimed unifying the lightweight division is a ‘dream’.

He said: “It’s the next step for my dream, it’s the next step for my goal, I think after this next fight my dreams come a little bit closer to me.”

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