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Taylor labels Pacquiao's trainer Roach a 'w***stain'

Josh Taylor labels Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach a ‘w*** stain’ after showing ‘disrespect’ to the undisputed light-welterweight world champion by asking ‘who is he?’ when quizzed about potential fight with the Filipino star

  • Manny Pacquiao will face Yordenis Ugas in a (Super) middleweight title bout
  • However, Freddie Roach was asked whether the Filipino would fight Josh Taylor
  • Roach feigned ignorance over Taylor and said a fight hadn’t been discussed
  • Taylor reminded the American that he had beaten one of his fighters before

Josh Taylor has branded Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach a ‘w***stain’ after he pretended not to know who the Scot was. 

He may be the undisputed light-welterweight world champion after defeating Jose Ramirez in May, but Roach stoked the flames with his press conference comment, which took place in the build-up to his fighter’s bout in Nevada on Saturday with Yordenis Ugas for the WBA (Super) middleweight title, a belt the Filipino held between July 2019 and January 2021 before it went to Ugas due to the 42-year-old’s inactivity. 

Freddie Roach has riled Josh Taylor by pretending that he doesn’t know who the Scot is

Taylor is the undisputed light-welterweight world champion after beating Jose Ramirez in May

Roach was asked if a bout between his fighter Manny Pacquiao and Taylor could happen

In preparation for the fight, Roach was asked about the possibility of Taylor and Pacquiao going toe-to-toe, saying: ‘Who’s Josh Taylor? 

‘We have never been offered that fight, no-one’s ever talked about that fight. It’s not something that’s out there.

‘Yeah, he’s a multi-time world champion, but it’s not something that’s been spoken about. So how can I give you a good answer? I can’t.’

Taylor was not best pleased and took to Twitter to vent. 

The 30-year-old was angered by Roach’s remark and lambasted the veteran on Twitter

Roach was in Ivan Baranchyk’s corner when Taylor defeated the Belarus fighter in 2019

‘Absolutely no need for the disrespect from Freddie Roach, he knows fine well who I am.

‘I have beaten him in the opposite and beat two of his former fighters after all. W*** stain!’

Roach was on the opposing side of the ring to Taylor in 2019, with the 30-year-old beating Ivan Baranchyk on points to claim the IBF light-welterweight world title.




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