Josh Taylor: Pacquiao is My Hero – But I’d Go In To Take His Head Off!

With boxing’s return imminent, there is perhaps nobody itching to get back in the ring more than unified junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor.

Taylor (16-0, 12KOs) recently headed to Fuerteventura for a camp alongside trainer Ben Davison, as he looks to return to action in the near future.

He was last in action in October when he defeated Regis Prograis in a blockbuster World Boxing Super Series final, retaining his IBF title and winning the WBA and Ring crowns in the process.

‘The Tartan Tornado’ was set to take on mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong in May, only for those plans to be pushed back in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Taylor is hopeful of getting back in the ring as soon as possible.

Taylor has many high hopes for the future, and he would not rule out the scenario of fighting his hero – WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

“Manny Pacquiao is my hero. To share the ring with my hero would be brilliant. It would be amazing. That would be a dream come true in itself sharing the ring with Manny Pacquiao. Obviously once you get in there you go in there to take his head off. I would love to fight my hero it would be brilliant,” Taylor said to BT Sport.

Taylor, 29-years-old, believes an eventual jump to the welterweight limit of 147-pounds is certainly in his future.

“I’m pretty big for one 140. I can afford to go on and put one a bit of muscle and a bit of strength. I think it works in my advantage with the speed coming up from the slightly lower weight with Spence killing himself to make 147, me coming up with the speed and the natural weight would work in my advantage,” Taylor said.


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