Josh Taylor Open To Bouts With Manny Pacquiao & Terence Crawford
Josh Taylor has Jose Ramirez on his mind but that doesn’t mean he isn’t thinking about the road ahead.
On May 22, Taylor will do battle with Ramirez in a bout that will determine the undisputed light-welterweight champion. Taylor is the WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring titleholder, while Ramirez holds the WBC and WBO gold.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Taylor said a dream of his would be to fight his idol, Manny Pacquiao.
“To share a ring with my hero Pacquiao? That would be brilliant. How many people can say they shared a ring with their hero and beat them? Not many.”
Taylor went on to explain why he looks up to Pacquiao.
“Everything about him. He’s funny, he sings, he puts on a Scottish accent, his fighting style, he’s a people’s champion, a really nice person, he gives money to feed people. He’s an absolute gentleman and his fighting style is ferocious – a southpaw with fast hands who can fight like hell.”
Taylor is also open to taking on undefeated WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford.
“I’ve achieved the goal I set out with, to become world champion. Becoming undisputed and two-weight world champion were further out more farfetched dreams. After this, it will be to move up to 147lbs and chase a second-weight world title to really cement my reign in the history books.
“Crawford? Of course, he’s on my radar. It would be a massive fight – two undisputed champions fighting. These are all longer-term goals. All I’m thinking about now is Ramirez and winning those four belts.”
Taylor is undefeated in his pro boxing with a record of 17-0. He has scored 13 knockouts along the way. His upcoming opponent, Ramirez, is also undefeated.