Lucas Matthysse says he would 'love' to fight Manny Pacquiao in the future – but insists he is solely focussed on his clash with undefeated Viktor Postol.
The Argentinian will face Postol for the vacant WBC light welterweight title on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California amid talk of a potential clash with Pacquiao.
Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, revealed on Friday that Matthysse had moved up in the pecking order to face the Filipino, who underwent shoulder surgery following his points decision loss to Floyd Mayweather in May.
British fighter Amir Khan had been in talks about facing Pacquiao (57-6-2-KO38) early next year, but Arum's comments have seemingly put a bout between the two on the back-burner.
Matthysse (37-3-KO34) admits he is attracted to the idea of a clash with the Pac-Man, 36, however will wait to consider his options after his bout with Postol.
"First things first, it's Saturday night. Since I have been here, I have been hearing about it more and more," the 33-year-old said.
"Yes, of course, that is a fight that I would like to have and because of styles, we both come forward, we both come to excite, we both come to perform and give a good fight, that's a fight that I would love to have in the future. Definitely."
Postol (27-0-KO11) is likely to provide a stern examination of Matthysse's credentials. The Ukrainian has yet to taste defeat in his career and claimed a knockout victory over Selcuk Aydin in a WBC light welterweight eliminator in May, 2014.
The 31-year-old is ranked number one by the WBC, a spot in front of Matthysse.
Despite his opponent's impressive record, Matthysse is confident he can achieve victory and says he is targeting a knockout.
"I respect him tremendously. He is number one for a reason, he is undefeated for a reason. But I believe my experience and my fights at a higher level has given me that experience," he added.
"I am very confident with the work that I have done and confident of the hard training I have done. I am coming here to win.
"They are probably very confident, as they should be. They probably trained just as hard as I did. But I will knock him out first."