42-year-old boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is gearing to face Yordenis Ugas for the WBA ‘super’ welterweight title in Las Vegas, with hopes to still be in the ring for the biggest matches.
Pac Man’s legendary trainer Freddie Roach said the boxer still wanted to fight against 44-year-old Floyd Mayweather again but only in a pro boxing competition.
“We would like to fight Mayweather one more time,” Roach told Sky Sports.
“But exhibitions? No. Manny is not into that.”
This closes the sight that Logan and Jake, or the Paul brothers, may have had of sharing the ring with Pacquiao.
According to Mayweather, he has moved on with professional fighters and finds joy in ‘legally bank rob’ exhibitions. But his 2015 match with the Filipino probe was among the pay-per-view with most sales ever recorded, making it clear that more money will be coming in if the two get on the ring again.
But how about Josh Taylor, the undisputed super-lightweight champion?
Roach said the fight “can happen, for sure.”
Taylor regarded Pacquiao as his boxing idol, even naming his dog ‘Pacman’ after him, as what he told Sky Sports.
“To share a ring with my hero Pacquiao? That would be brilliant.”
Pac Man has to triumph on Saturday and when he wins, it appears that he wanted to challenge himself to be the best in the advancement of his career.
“We are just going one fight at a time,” Roach said, as reported by talkSPORT.
“The thing about Manny? He is not just going to pick some guy with a high rating because the world loves him. Manny wants to fight real fighters. He will challenge the best.”