‘His Fighting Style is Ferocious’ – Josh Taylor Wishes to Compete With ‘Hero’ Manny Pacquiao

Published 03/10/2021, 12:00 PM EST
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 18: Josh Taylor of Scotland celebrates as he beats Ivan Baranchyk of Russia on points during the WBSS Super Lightweight Semi Final IBF World Championship fight at the Muhammad Ali Trophy Semi-Finals – World Boxing Super Series Fight Night at The SSE Hydro on May 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)


The unified super-lightweight champ, Josh Taylor, will contend with Jose Ramirez On May 22. The duo will battle each other out for the undisputed 140-pound belt. Taylor will look to get past this stern test on May 22, as he has colossal plans of moving up to the welterweight division.

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Moreover, the only fight that intrigues him at that weight class is a 12-round war with Manny Pacquiao.

‘The Tartan Tornado’ has immense respect for the Filippino Senator. He considers ‘Pacman’ as his idol and wants to enter the boxing ring with him once.

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Speaking to Sky Sports on the same, he said, “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.

He’s an absolute gentleman and his fighting style is ferocious – a southpaw with fast hand who can fight like hell.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Josh Taylor currently has the WBA and IBF straps under his wing. He has an astonishing 17 wins to his name with 0 losses. Out of those 17 wins, 13 have arrived with T/KO. With his annihilating power, the Scottish boxer has overpowered every opponent he’s faced.

But ‘The Tartan Tornado’ is just not satisfied with his current achievements. This is predominantly why Taylor has decided to put his brilliance to the test in the most dynamic welterweight division, and subsequently, Manny Pacquiao.

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Can Josh Taylor realistically compete with ‘Pacman’?

Manny Pacquiao didn’t compete for the whole of 2020. A few days back he was in talks to stage a fight with internet sensation Ryan Garcia. But the fight fell through somehow. Although ‘Pacman’ still exhibits vast skill sets, it’s unquestionable that he’s in the final steppings of his career.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 18: Josh Taylor of Scotland after beating Ivan Baranchyk of Russia on points during the WBSS Super Lightweight Semi Final IBF World Championship fight at the Muhammad Ali Trophy Semi-Finals – World Boxing Super Series Fight Night at The SSE Hydro on May 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Considering the pertaining scenario, Taylor might not be fortunate enough to get his hands on his idol.

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Moreover, he first has to get past the stout Jose Ramirez to align himself in talks for a welterweight move up.

Both the boxers present an undefeated stint and have the audacity to put on a cracking show for the fans. It’ll be interesting to see what approach Taylor adapts to beat Ramirez.

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On a scale of 1-10, how would rate the Pacquiao vs Taylor matchup? Can ‘The Tartan Tornado’ beat Ramirez on May 22?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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