Josh Taylor Sees No Benefit in Fighting Manny Pacquiao: “He’s Not the Same”

Published 09/07/2021, 10:30 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)


On August 21, Manny Pacquiao made a ring appearance after a long 2-year hiatus. In this fight, he faced the WBA welterweight ‘super’ champ, Yordenis Ugas. Despite having all the support in his corner, he looked like a shadow of his old self and had to leave the ring with a disheartening loss. With this fight, his probabilities of facing the other top champions fell.

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Recently, the undisputed welterweight champ, Josh Taylor, weighed in on a fight with ‘Pacman’ and revealed why it won’t really work.

Speaking exclusively to Give Me Sport, he said, “It would be great. It would be like a dream come true. But is there any reward in it for me at this point in time? I don’t think he looked great in that fight [with Ugas], I thought he looked old, his timing was off, a bit off the pace.

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“He’s not the same Manny Pacquiao he once was, so although it would be a great honor to share the ring with him, I don’t think I would have had any problems.” (h/t Boxing Scene)

The 42-year-old is known for landing his power-packed combinations on his contemporaries. But in his fight against Ugas, the Filipino Senator failed to do the same. Although he had enough stamina to go the distance, ‘Pacman’ still didn’t seem in his best element by any means.

Considering that, the stout Josh Taylor completely dissed his matchup with the boxing legend.

Is it time for Manny Pacquiao to sign off from boxing?

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Manny Pacquiao’s career is one of the most decorated careers in boxing. The octuple world champion holds some paramount accolades to his name.

Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manny Pacquiao (left) fights Yordenis Ugas in a world welterweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

That said, he’s achieved some noteworthy feats until now. Hence, there’s nothing more one can ask of him.

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Citing that, ‘Pacman’ should give a thought to retirement as there is nothing left for him to achieve. Furthermore, as he’s left a legacy behind, it will eventually inspire the budding generation by every means.

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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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