Undisputed Light-Welterweight Champion Josh Taylor is enjoying his time off after adding another accolade to his pro resume, but he now wishes to share the octagon with veteran Manny Pacquiao.
In May, Taylor defeated Jose Ramirez via unanimous decision to clinch another title, making him only the sixth man in the sport’s history to be crowned undisputed champ in the modern four-belt era. All three judges had scored the fight 114-112 in Taylor’s favor.
Speaking to BBC, the 30-year-old said he will soon pick his next opponent before the WBO picks one for him.
“The ball’s in my court, but I can’t take too much time because all the sanctioning bodies are going to start ordering me to fight the mandatory challengers,” Taylor remarked.
“If I don’t fight them, I’ll get stripped of my titles. I would like to go up and have really big fights against Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, my hero Manny Pacquiao and guys like that.”
Taylor is aware that he has a mandatory title defense due against Jack Catterall at 140 pounds. The Scottish star is undefeated in his career so far, bagging 18 wins. Thirteen of these victories he secured via KO.
His statement indicates that Taylor will move to the lucrative 147-pound division after dealing with Catterall in what could be a big homecoming affair for the 30-year-old.