Conor McGregor And Manny Pacquiao Agree To Fight
Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao have agreed to fight.
McGregor is currently in the process of preparing for Saturday’s UFC 246 showdown with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
In the process, McGregor sat down with ESPN MMA insider Ariel Helwani and divulged the details of some looming matches.
One of those was a proposed boxing event with Pacquiao.
“I would be open to other boxing bouts,” he said.
“You know, Manny (Pacquiao). We’re actually close to signing Manny. There’s been talks about the Manny fight as well. There’s been an offer made on (a bout against Pacquiao).
“There’s just negotiations going on.”
When pressed on whether the Pacquiao showdown was a done deal, McGregor took a step back and admitted that some things still needed to be ironed out.
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“Just not yet,” he said.
“Very much so (it’s a possibility). And then the Paulie (Malignaggi) fight. I’d like to box Paulie. Why not? That’s a bit of buzz as well.
“I want to box again. I will box again. I will get a boxing world title.”
McGregor previously boxed undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in one of the most commercially successful sporting events of all time.
In order to get ticket and PPV sales anywhere close to where they were for that bout, McGregor would likely have to fight Pacquiao.
The Filipino icon boasts an impressive international audience and has consistently been one of biggest stars in the sport.
Aside from Mayweather and maybe Canelo, nobody in boxing has Pacquiao’s drawing power.
Once McGregor’s UFC 246 showdown versus Cerrone come and goes, a clearer picture of where he will go in terms of his boxing should emerge.