Conor McGregor provides update on Manny Pacquiao fight talks

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Conor McGregor has ramped up talks of a fight between him and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao after suggesting the showdown is likely to be arranged this year.

The UFC star fought Pacquiao’s long-term rival Floyd Mayweather in a lucrative super-fight back in 2017, and is now keen to face off with the 42-year-old Filipino.

A bout between the two would garner plenty of interest, given more than 4million tuned in for McGregor’s pay-per-view clash with Mayweather.

McGregor, 32, is currently preparing for his first appearance in the Octagon in a year when he meets Dustin Poirier on January 23, but has teased that Pacquiao could well be next.

“I know that talks are intensifying for [a fight] this year,” the Irishman told The Mac Life .

Conor McGregor has suggested a fight with Manny Pacquiao could be made this year
Conor McGregor has suggested a fight with Manny Pacquiao could be made this year

“I am excited for a Manny Pacquiao bout and it looks like it will happen this year. What time this year? I am not sure.

“We’ll have to have some good discussions with Dana White and the UFC and see where it goes.”

McGregor is known for his boxing prowess and punch power having earned 19 of his 22 wins in mixed martial arts competition by way of knockout.

He lasted 10 rounds with unbeaten former multiple-weight world champion Mayweather, though many deemed the contest a sham.

McGregor earned millions from his crossover fight with Mayweather in 2017
McGregor earned millions from his crossover fight with Mayweather in 2017

Meanwhile Pacquiao fought the last of his 71 professional bouts in July 2019 when he beat Keith Thurman – who is 10 years his junior – to become WBA world super-welterweight champion.

McGregor is not phased by Pacquiao’s experience, though, and is targeting his world title.

“I am open to it all, ready for it all,” the Irishman added.

“I will certainly attain a boxing world title before I call it a day. And I would be excited to do that against Emmanuel Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao himself is keen to arrange a match-up with McGregor, which holds a great degree of crossover appeal.

“Right now I want to experience fighting in MMA,” Pacquiao told Filipino news outlet BusinessMirror .

He has admitted fighting McGregor is one of just two feasible options on the table for him this calendar year, and is his preference over a clash against WBC and IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence.

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Pacquiao beat Thurman convincingly 18 months ago and now wants McGregor next
Pacquiao beat Thurman convincingly 18 months ago and now wants McGregor next

Getting the fight made won’t be a straightforward task, but UFC president Dana White has admitted previously he is keen to dip his toe into the world of boxing events.

Both fighters are also managed by Paradigm Sports CEO Audie Attar, who sees no reason why a deal can’t be done.

“Conor wants to fight Manny. Manny has come out and said he wants to fight Conor. As I’ve stated publicly before, we’ve had conversations,” Attar told Bloomberg .

“That is a fight that we’re definitely going to make because both fighters want it, and there seems to be interest from the fans all around the world.”



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