Despite the buzzkill of having to undergo surgery to repair a right foot injured in his marquee victory over Vasilily Lomachenko last month, Teofimo Lopez is living large and holding court as the new king of the lightweight division.
In recent Instagram live videos, the 23-year-old Brooklyn native has been chatting up boxing celebrities and hardcore fans, making headlines along the way.
The other day, he spoke with Emmanuel Pacquiao, the 19-year-old son of multi-division world champ Manny Pacquiao, and passed along a message to his legendary dad.
“What up Emmanuel? Tell your dad I said thank you for congratulating me…and that goes to you, Emmanuel…tell your dad that I appreciate it a lot, especially coming from him.”
On that same particular video chat, Lopez had an interaction with former welterweight champ Kell Brook, who will be challenging 147 lb. WBO titlist Terence Crawford on November 14 in Las Vegas.
“We got the champ…what up Kell Brook? It’s almost that time for you, champ. I know you’re ready, champ. Do your thing. We know you’re war ready, man. Put on, Special K. Do your thing….Just have fun. It’s definitely a big difference, though, without the fans.”
In another Instagram live stream, Lopez chatted with lightweight prospect and Mayweather Promotions fighter Rolando Romero, taking to task some recent statements Floyd Mayweather made about too many world champs. Lopez took Mayweather’s remarks as a swipe against him.
“Man F**k Floyd. F**k you Floyd,” Lopez said before referencing some critical words Mayweather possibly had against his own fighter, Romero. “He talkin’ sh*t about you too? Your own damn promoter? F**k that man.”
Lopez would reel back the intensity later in the conversation, however, and acknowledge that much of the bluster was just for show.
“I know bro, I like messin’ around. I know they gonna be posting all this sh*t so, lights up.”
In a more formal interview setting, Lopez even went after former WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder.
Speaking on SiriusXM’s “The Ak and Barak Show,” the undefeated champ let loose on Wilder’s recent barrage of excuses for his one-sided loss to Tyson Fury back in February. The ex-titlist has blamed the loss on everything from loaded gloves to spiked water to a too-heavy ring walk suit of armor. He even went so far as to imply that referee Kenny Bayless was drunk and/or deeply compromised and hit him with elbows in the fight.
“I think Wilder has had too much time on his hands,” Lopez said. “He needs to focus on his own damn self, go back to the gym, get ready for a fight…Stop talking about a dent in your head. You’re a grown-ass man, stop being a b**ch.”
Lopez added the WBA and WBO lightweight belts, as well as the WBC Franchise title to his IBF strap on October 17 when he beat pound-for-pound darling Lomachenko via unanimous decision in Las Vegas. He’ll reportedly be on the shelf for 5 to 6 weeks following his recent foot surgery.
As he mends, though, the young fighter is relishing his new role as a boxing top dog and, obviously, not holding back at all.