UFC champion Conor McGregor is putting a potential boxing match with Manny Pacquiao on the backburner, saying he wants his next fight to be in his primary sport of mixed martial arts. There had been strong rumours that McGregor was looking for another money-spinning turn in the ring with a former dancing partner of Floyd Mayweather's, Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, but these latest comments appear to put the kybosh on that.
With the arc that Conor McGregor's career has taken on, you can be never be sure what's around the corner. The promotion had hoped it could bring McGregor back as early as UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas, but that focus shifted last month to a 2018 return.
There hasn't been much talk about what the UFC Lightweight Title holder may do next, but the answer seems to lie in an MMA fight.
Another avenue for McGregor to go down was the route of professional wrestling. But one of TMZ's interviewer-cameramen caught up with the Irishman in NY on Friday, and it sure sounds as if he'd rather step back into the octagon first. What's a real fight? The "Notorious" one opted to have a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. He fought the returning Mayweather at the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds and they used 8-ounce gloves.
Floyd Mayweather with UFC president Dana White. Getty Images
Showtime said in a statement that global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and worldwide distribution, Mayweather and McGregor had exceeded $600 million. This would be another big money fight for him.
Pacquiao said: "If we can negotiate it, I have no problem".
He also raised the possibility of meeting in the Octagon this time, and Mayweather this week revealed he'd received a billion dollar, multi-fight offer to try his hand in the UFC.
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