Jose Ramirez is set to face Amir Imam for the vacant WBC super lightweight world title on March 17 in New York.
But could the Avenal native face a bigger superstar — Manny Pacquiao — if he's successful against Imam?
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says it's possible, despite Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) announcing Thursday he'll be fighting Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) on June 24 in Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia.
Even if the fight happens against Ramirez, Pacquiao, 39, would have to move down to super lightweight.
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Pacquiao has been fighting in the welterweight division.
"It’s a possibility (Ramirez would be) fighting Manny Pacquiao at 140 pounds in this next fight," Arum told The Bee. "Pacquiao is hoping to make a return to the ring and I talked to Pacquiao's people in possibly fighting Ramirez if he successfully wins the title."
To make things more complicated, Freddie Roach trains both fighters.
Ramirez's agent/promoter Rick Mirigian also said it's possible the fight with Pacquiao could happen, although his primary concern is the March 17 fight.
"We are obviously focused on Imam," he said. "But there is no way to ignore arguably one of the top draws and (a bout with the top boxer) in the world right now being possible after a win, Ramirez is motivated and remains ready for this world title fight and I'm sure he is aware there is more than a belt now at stake."
Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs) and Imam (21-1, 18 KOs) will fight on ESPN.