You’d be hard pressed to see a more in demand super middleweight in the world than Diego Pacheco. His recent stoppage win over Jack Cullen proved to signal Diego Pacheco as the front-runner for prospect of the year in 2023, despite Pacheco telling anyone within ear shot after the fight that he should now be labeled a contender.
Pacheco moved away from South Central Los Angeles, California, leaving his former team, and now is training in Seattle, Washington, with Jose Benavidez Sr., and sparring David Benavidez, the man Mike Tyson nicknamed “The Mexican Monster.” Last year, when his little brother Federico Pacheco Jr., made his professional debut at heavyweight, on a Don Chargin and Paco Damian card in Brooks, California, I spoke with Pacheco about a potential match-up between Benavidez and Plant.
“Yeah, I think it will happen in 2023, because Caleb [Plant] just came off a great win [a knockout of Anthony Dirrell], and I think his confidence is a little up right now,” said Diego Pacheco, who was in Brooks, Ca, prior to the bout being announced. “I think if the fight is going to happen right now is the time for it to happen, and David [Benavidez] has been wanting that fight for a very long time.”
Pacheco changed camps officially in January of 2022. One of the reasons was seeing what David Benavidez had done with his team. Benavidez became a world champion at just 20-years-old, and took chances early in his career at a young age. These are the type of things Pacheco hopes to do as well.
As for the outcome of Saturday’s fight, between his training partner, David Benavidez versus Caleb Plant, Pacheco very clearly sees one outcome happening.
“[Yeah] I definitely see David [Benavidez] winning by knockout,” said Pacheco.