Josh Taylor
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Josh Taylor, the current undisputed world super-lightweight champion, feels that he could have beaten Manny Pacquiao at the Filipino boxer’s prime.

“If I had been there on Saturday, I would have beaten him with no problems. Call me crazy but, even when Manny Pacquiao was very good, I still think I would have had a great chance against him,” Taylor said in a recent interview.

Pacquiao lost to Yordenis Ugas last Saturday on his return to the ring after a two-year hiatus.

The Cuban fighter looked like a dominant fighter despite being the underdog entering this fight.

Josh Taylor has been among the potential candidates to face Pacquiao for many months, but the talks haven’t yet progressed to paperwork.

Nevertheless, the world super-lightweight champ is still looking to share the ring with the 42-year-old boxing veteran.

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“I’m disappointed that he didn’t win because he’s my hero. And also disappointed because I won’t get the chance to fight him now. It could have been amazing. Who gets to share the ring with their hero?” the 30-year-old boxer said.

Nevertheless, the Brit was all respect for his idol.

He thinks it’s about time for the Pacman to hang his gloves because his performance is nosediving in the sport due to age.

“He looked old. Even Pacquiao of two or three years ago would have dealt with Ugas without problems. He was flat-footed, wasn’t on the bounce. He still had speed and power but was a second off the pace. His timing made him look old.”

“It was sad to see my idol looking old. I really hope he packs it in now and says: ‘That’s it. A fighter of his magnitude, having fights like that, is damaging his legacy. I’d like to see him go out while he’s at the top,” Taylor added.

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The Pacman hasn’t yet announced if he will continue to box or not. What he did though, is be humble after losing Ugas, just like he has been in his entire star-studded career.

The only eight-division champion in the world has also admitted that the age factor doesn’t let him be at his prime like he once was.

In conversation with Sky Sports, the Filipino revealed that he was eager to fight Josh Taylor and had urged his manager to book this fight soon.

“I hope that one day I could have a fight there. I have no problem in fighting anybody,” Pacquiao said.

“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.]”

Previously, his trainer Freddie Roach had also said that the Taylor-Pacquiao fight is a possibility. “It can happen for sure,” Roach had said.

In his last fight, Taylor beat Jose Ramirez to get every belt in the super-lightweight division. He is expected to defend his title against Jack Catterall. The fight is likely to go down in Scotland later this year.

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Shayan is a Pakistan-based sports blogger with over three years of experience in journalism and sub-editing of sports-related pieces.

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