Manny Pacquiao is getting ready to return to the ring on November 5 against Jesse Vargas, and if he wins, the boxing legend might set himself up to challenge one of the best fighters in the sport: Gennady "#GGG" Golovkin.
Golovkin is the unified WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion of the world, and is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet.
Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum said that Pacquiao vs. Golovkin could happen.
“Who the hell knows what can happen [against Vargas]? He may have such a senatorial presence in the fight that we might be looking for Golovkin next," Arum told Boxing Scene. "If he doesn't vote right in the Senate, some of his constituents might urge him to fight Golovkin next."
Pacquiao is a member of the Philippine Senate. He originally retired earlier this year to focus more on his political duties, but has decided to return to the sport. For now, it's a one-off. Pacquiao is not mentioning #GennadyGolovkin.
“I don't know yet,” Pacquiao told Boxing Scene. “My focus is on this November fight. We're not yet thinking about fighting in 2017.”
Much rests on Pacquiao's performance on November 5. A second fight with #FloydMayweatherJr., could be on the horizon if Mayweather decides to come out of retirement. Pacquiao vs. Golovkin would also be a marquee match. Golovkin has emerged as a hero to his people in Kazakhstan while dominating the middleweight division.
Arum could just be talking to build hype for the Vargas fight; Golovkin is a middleweight and Pacquiao is a welterweight. Even though Pacquiao would be smaller, he has shown an ability to gain weight and still win fights. Pacquiao has won 10 world titles in eight separate weight divisions.
Pacquiao, (58-6-2, 38 KOs) for now, is looking at Vargas, (27-1, 10 KOs), the WBO welterweight champion of the world. The fight will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, on PPV.
Here's Pacquiao getting ready for his fight against Vargas: