The world champion in eight weight categories, Manny Pacquiao, is open for a fight with the absolute world champion in the first welterweight Josh Taylor.
Pacquiao returns to the ring on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, as he challenges WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas. In a recent interview, Pacquiao mentioned that he is ready to face off with Taylor and come to the UK.
“I have no problem to fight anybody, as long as it is 147-pounds at welterweight. As long as I am still in boxing, I can fight anybody. This is why I chose Errol Spence Jr his original opponent who withdrew injured and was replaced by Ugas, because I want to fight the best. Anytime, I can fight anybody.”
Josh Taylor will return in the month of December, when he makes a mandatory defense against Jack Catterall.
The upcoming bout could be the final ring appearance for Taylor at 140-pounds. There is a strong possibility that he’ll move up to welterweight in 2022.
The unbeaten Scottish star views Pacquiao as one of his idols. He would consider it a ‘dream fight’ to step in the ring with him.
“How many people can say they shared a ring with their hero and beat them? Not many. He’s funny, he sings, he puts on a Scottish accent, he’s a people’s champion, a really nice person, he gives money to feed people. He’s an absolute gentleman and his fighting style is ferocious – a southpaw with fast hands who can fight like hell,” Josh Taylor said.