“How Can I Give You a Good Answer?”: Manny Pacquiao’s Trainer Snaps at Josh Taylor Question

Published 08/21/2021, 7:01 AM EDT
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)


Manny Pacquiao is hours away from meeting Yordenis Ugas for the WBA title. However, a potential scrap against Josh Taylor is already being rumored. The 140 lbs unified champion, Taylor, who just beat Jose Ramirez for all four belts, is yet to receive his first official title defense.

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Meanwhile, several people have wished to see him face Pacquiao, which the Filipino legend’s coach, Freddie Roach, ruled out. Roach had a coherent response to the potential Taylor vs Pacquiao fight and didn’t entertain questions on that vertical.

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Ahead of Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas, Roach connected with Little Giant Boxing and said, “Who is Josh Taylor? We have never been offered that fight in my life. No one has ever talked about that fight. It’s not something that’s out there. You know what I mean. Yeah, he [Taylor] is a multiple-time world champion. But it’s never been spoken about. So, how can I give you a good answer? I can’t.”

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Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao doesn’t seem to have many more fights left in him. Aged 42, Pacquiao may run for the Presidential election in his home country Philippines. So, the nearing clash against Ugas can be his last professional appearance. Adding to that, ‘Pac-Man’ has shown interest in facing Errol Spence Jr. ahead.

Hence, even though we may see the Filipino legend remain active, a scrap against Josh Taylor may not be on his radar. WBA champion Yordenis Ugas can also change the whole scenario by securing a shock win over Pacquiao. All things considered, a lot depends on the outcome of Pacquiao vs Ugas on August 21 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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After a two-year hiatus, Pacquiao’s return to reclaim the WBA title will also craft several possible collisions in the welterweight division. Errol Spence Jr. who is recovering from a retinal injury, could return to face the Filipino veteran if both sides re-agree on papers.

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However, if Pacquiao retires, ‘The Truth’ will have to hunt for other options. Simultaneously ‘Tartan Tornado’ Josh Taylor has also received his response to a possible fight against ‘Pac-Man’. Thus, the upcoming WBA welterweight title fight will provide a lot more insights. Considering this, fans can expect it to be huge as it can affect the future at 140 and 147lbs.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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