KEY POINTS

  • Undefeated champ Oscar Valdez hinted that there are fighters at 147-pound division who tend to duck opponents
  • Valdez thinks Manny Pacquiao can choose who he wants to fight but said the Filipino legend is crazy for wanting to challenge Gennady Golovkin
  • Another undefeated champ Jose Ramirez said Mikey Garcia hits harder than Pacquiao

WBO super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez said Manny Pacquiao is "crazy" for wanting to challenge middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.

For more than a decade, Pacquiao has been dominating every division he enters. The Filipino legend is currently one of the biggest names in the welterweight division and has been called out by an array of top-tier challengers.

Throughout his stellar career, Pacquiao has never admitted to backing down against any opponent. And undefeated super featherweight fighter Valdez thinks that the eight-division titleholder has earned the right to pick whoever he wants to fight.

In a live video conference interview with Fight Hub TV, Valdez talked about several names in the welterweight division, including Pacquiao. When the 29-year-old was asked who was ducking opponents at the 147-pound division, Valdez mentioned “Pac-Man,” whom he says everyone wants to fight.

“Everybody wants to fight Pacquiao. (But) Pacquiao chooses who he wants to fight. Maybe if he doesn't want to fight this guy, maybe you could call it he’s ducking him because he wants to fight that guy. But that's not the case,” Valdez said.

However, as much as he respects Pacquiao’s legacy, Valdez thinks that the legendary fighter is crazy for challenging Golovkin.

“He wants to fight Golovkin. He’s crazy,” he continued. 

Valdez also admitted that he still looks up to him as he is “a legend” in the sport. He also commended the 41-year-old’s impressive performance against a much younger Keith Thurman.

In the end, Valdez agreed that if Pacquiao really is serious about fighting Golovkin, it would be a huge hit.

Another undefeated champ recently made a bold claim about Pacquiao. Unified WBC and WBO light welterweight champion Jose Ramirez has sparred both Pacquiao and his touted welterweight challenger Mikey Garcia.

When asked to reveal who has a more devastating punching power between the two, Ramirez said Garcia probably hits harder than Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao beat Adrien Broner on Saturday night to retain his WBA welterweight title. In this picture, Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 19, 2019. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

“They hit the same, but I think Mikey [Garcia] has probably a little heavier hand,” Ramirez said.

“Pacquiao just puts it together really well, he puts three or four punches. It doesn’t take a lot of power to land a clean shot and for someone to feel it. As long as the shots are pointed properly it could hurt anybody,” he explained.

Pacquiao is being targeted by today’s top welterweight contenders and fellow champions. However, the buzz about a middleweight megafight against Golovkin has been growing, so much so that even some of his possible opponents are also talking about it.