Undisputed junior welterweight champion, Josh Taylor, has never made it a secret that eight division champion Manny Pacquiao is his idol. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
Taylor even has a dog named 'Pacman'.
On the other hand, Taylor has always desired to tests his skills against Pacquiao.
However, that likely won't happen after last Saturday's outcome.
Pacquiao, 42-years-old and returning to the ring for the first time in over two years, was outboxed over twelve rounds by WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas, who walked away with a unanimous decision victory.
"I'm disappointed that he didn't win because he's my hero," Taylor said to Sky Sports.
"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?"
Taylor explains that he was very sad to see his longtime hero look "old" in the ring and feels confident he would beaten Pacquiao had they met last weekend.
At this point, the Scottish star would like to see Pacquiao retire from the sport.
"If I had been there on Saturday, I would have beaten him with no problems. Call me crazy but, even when Pacquiao was very good, I still think I would have had a great chance against him," Taylor said.
"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."