In the world of Boxing, the fans and the media expect and most of the time require that an aging fighter go out on his shield and let all of the young in their prime contenders destroy them on their way out into retirement.
Fighters in Boxing aren’t respected by the fans if they attempt to coast in their old ages and take easier fights like Floyd Mayweather for example which is why fans are calling for him to fight the likes of Canelo or GGG.
Manny Pacquiao is at that point in his career and he’s looking for fights with guys near his age or fighters not in the prime time of their careers. But fans want to see Manny get destroyed by Terrance Crawford or Vasyl Lomachenko.
In a recent interview Vasyl revealed why he has no interest in excepting this fight. Check it out:
“He’s old. I think his career is done. I don’t want to become a legend in boxing because of him… Listen, I’m not disrespecting Manny Pacquiao, but I don’t want to make my name bigger because I beat an old legend.”
“Pacquiao has had a long and glorious career, he doesn’t have nothing to prove versus me. I have my own road. There are a lot of good fighters in their primes to fight right now who are comparable to me.”