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TAYLOR DREAMS OF FACING ‘HERO’ PACQUIAO!

Josh Taylor will face Jose Ramirez on May 22nd for the undisputed Super-Lightweight title with one eye on his dream of facing his hero Manny Pacquiao enticing as a future opponent.

“To share a ring with my hero Pacquiao? That would be brilliant,” Taylor told Sky Sports.How many people can say they shared a ring with their hero and beat them? Not many.”

Taylor was then asked what he idolises about Pacquiao, saying: “Everything about him. He’s funny, he sings, he puts on a Scottish accent, his fighting style, 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.”

Taylor’s intentions are on moving up to the to the 147Ib division after his contest with Ramirez telling Sky Sports “I’ve achieved the goal I set out with, to become world champion,” Taylor said. “Becoming undisputed and two-weight world champion were further out, more farfetched dreams.

“After this, it will be to move up to 147lbs and chase a second weight world title to really cement my reign in the history books.

Aside from Manny Pacquiao other targets present themselves in the divisions best, Terence Crawford, simply replying “Crawford? Of course he’s on my radar. It would be a massive fight – two undisputed champions fighting.

“These are all longer-term goals. All I’m thinking about now is Ramirez and winning those four belts.”

Focus is very much on the job at hand for Taylor giving his opinion on Ramirez, “He’s the unified world champion so you have to give him respect, He is a good come-forward fighter who makes people work, he grinds people down.

“He is a pressure fighter who keeps it tight, puts the pressure on, tries to break them down, overwhelm them. He comes for a fight.

“It’s a different kind of fight to Regis Prograis tactics-wise.

“I see a lot of things in Ramirez’s game that I can expose.”

Taylor as long been aware of Ramirez saying, “I first came across him at the World Championships in Azerbaijan in 2011. We were in the same weight category. I knew most of the fighters around my weight so I’ve known of him a long time.

“He turned pro before me. Our paths could have crossed at the Olympics but it wasn’t to be. Now our paths cross for the biggest prize in the game.

“He’s decent but have I always had the ability to beat him? Yes. I’ve never thought of him as a threat.

“The only time I was interested in him was after the Viktor Postol fight because I was in line for his WBC title as mandatory.

“He’s standing in my way now and I’ve got to take care of him.”

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