Taylor On Facing Pacquiao: ‘That Would Be A Dream Come True’
One of the fastest-rising stars in boxing today, Josh Taylor is always looking for his next big challenge. The WBA and IBF Super-Lightweight Champion has many dream matches in mind, especially when it comes to undisputed title fights. However, he would postpone all of that just to face his hero.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Taylor (16-0) discussed the idea of facing Manny Pacquiao. He would be willing to move in weight from 135-140 to 140-147. Even if both have busy schedules, the dream is a possibility, especially in the boxing world.
“I would love to fight him,” Taylor stated. “He is my hero, so it would be good to share a ring with him, that would be awesome. It would be good to fight him. That would be a dream come true, to share a ring with Manny Pacquiao.”
Taylor turned pro in 2015, and has fought five times since March 2018. He won the World Boxing Super Series Super-Lightweight (Light-Welterweight) Tournament, beating Ryan Martin and Ivan Baranchyk in the opening rounds. In the finals, he beat Regis Prograis via majority decision to win the whole thing.
As discussed above, there may be a scheduling issue for Taylor. He is looking to face 23-year-old Apinun Khongsong sometime this year for all of the gold. Taylor could also wait and Jose Ramirez, the current WBO and WBC Super-Lightweight Champion. Ramirez (25-0) last fought in July, beating Maurice Hooker via TKO. He was supposed to face Viktor Postol twice this year but both times the dates have postponed due to the coronavirus.
When it comes to facing Ramirez, Taylor has to stick to the rules.
“I’ve got to do my mandatory defence, Taylor went on to say. “I think the IBF are pretty strict with their mandatories and stuff and I’m sure Ramirez has to do his mandatory as well. I think we both have to get them out of the way first and then go for the fight.”
Due to the uncertainty of the sport of boxing as a result of the coronavirus, Taylor will have to wait a while until his next opponent. if he was in charge of the matchups, however, he would head straight to a legend in Pacquiao.