If Vasyl Lomachenko could step into the ring with one past fighter from any era, it’d be Floyd Mayweather.
The Ukrainian star fantasised about a clash of pound-for-pound kings when asked by talkSPORT.com about his ‘History Fight’.
After a brief pause to contemplate his answer, Lomachenko responded to the question with a teasing smile and declared: “Floyd Mayweather.
“I think it would be a very smart fight and a chess match.
“I don’t know who would win. Now, it’s just words. I don’t know.”
A five-division world champion, Mayweather is a future Hall of Famer who fought between 1996 and 2017, amassing an historic unbeaten record of 50 fights, 50 wins, zero draws and zero losses.
After controversially only winning a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics, ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ turned professional and began his campaign in the 130lbs super-featherweight division.
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In his 18th fight, he battered WBC champion Genaro Hernandez into submission to win his first world title, before repeating the feat in the divisions above by beating Jose Luis Castillo at lightweight and then Arturo Gatti at super-lightweight.
Mayweather changed his moniker to ‘Money’ and changed the face of the sport as he then went on to establish himself as a record-breaking pay-per-view star with his campaign at welterweight and super-welterweight.
Lomachenko’s story bares resemblance to Floyd’s in the sense that they both came from humble beginnings. However, they differ in the sense that Vasyl never sought to become the polar opposite.
The current pound-for-pound number one spent an extended period in the unpaid amateur ranks, winning two Olympic gold medals and developing an astonishing record of 397 fights, 396 wins and one loss (which he avenged twice).
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Upon turning professional, Loma sought to claim a world title as soon as possible and suffered a highly controversial defeat to featherweight champion Orlando Salido in his second contest.
He soon rectified this, though, by beating Gary Russell Jr to win the WBO world title in his very next bout.
Within his first 14 fights to date, Lomachenko has won titles in three weight divisions up to lightweight, beating an array of top names along the way.
Due to his natural size and the fact he turned pro at a far more advanced age, Vasyl won’t go on to match Floyd’s remarkable accomplishment of winning titles in five weight classes.
Regardless, a match-up between the super-featherweight version of Lomachenko and the super-featherweight version of Mayweather is one of the most debated ‘History Fights’ fans speak about today.
When asked who would have won this fantasy contest, Loma concluded in typically humble fashion: “I don’t wanna talk about me [and say] I win.
“I don’t wanna talk about him because I don’t know.
“But if I come to the ring with him, I can win this fight.”