Vic Darchinyan wants to meet the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter Manny Pacquiao at an intermediate weight and believes he’s suited to the Filipino superstar’s style.
Pacquiao underlined his status as the planet’s finest pugilist on Sunday by demolishing Kostya Tszyu’s conqueror Ricky Hatton in two rounds at Las Vegas.
The power-hitting 30-year-old southpaw added a light welterweight world title to the championship belts he had previously collected at flyweight, super bantamweight, super featherweight and lightweight.
Like Darchinyan, Pacquiao started his rampage through the divisions as a flyweight and the Australian is also eyeing world belts in several divisions.
Sydney-sider Darchinyan will shortly challenge for a bantamweight world title having previously earned a couple of flyweight belts before unifying the super flyweight division.
The 33-year-old Armenian-born fighter will join Jeff Fenech as the only Australia-based boxer to win world titles in three divisions if he overcomes Ghana’s IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko in Florida on July 11.
Darchinyan reiterated his desire for a dream match-up with Pacquiao, though the Filipino is currently fighting five divisions up and ten kilos heavier than the Australian.
While he was more immediately focused on winning world titles in the next two or three divisions up, Darchinyan suggested Pacquiao could drop two or three classes for a fight featuring two of the most exciting boxers in the world.
“It is one of my dreams to fight him, I don’t want to say I am going to go and knock him out,” Darchinyan said of Pacquiao.
“I want to fight him and prove I’m very strong, but before I’m going to fight him I have many people I want to fight first.
“I can go up (in weight) and he can come down. I don’t think I can make it up to junior welterweight, I will go up to super featherweight and I could challenge him at that weight and he could come down,” Darchinyan said.
Both are renowned for their explosive power, with Darchinyan tallying 26 KOs in his 32 wins while Pacquiao has achieved 37 of his 49 victories inside the distance.
Each is a southpaw and Darchinyan was adamant he had the style to be competitive against a man fast rising up the list of boxing’s all-time greats.
“I see his style is very suitable for me, I would love to fight him, you cannot believe how much I want to fight him,” Darchinyan said.
He started his sparring preparations for the Agbeko fight on Monday and will head to the United States early next month.
“He (Agbeko) is not bad, everyone is saying he is a good puncher,” Darchinyan said.
“I am going to show people I am stronger than him and faster than him.
“I am going to prove to everyone my punches can be faster and harder as a bantamweight.”
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