George Foreman Says Conor McGregor Won’t do Good in MMA, Urges Him to Box Pacquiao

Published 02/23/2021, 9:30 AM EST


Conor McGregor and his most anticipated comeback against Dustin Poirier turned into a dreadful T/KO loss a month back. It was the Irishman’s first loss via a T/KO. Moreover, this loss also poured cold water on his electrifying boxing bout with the Filippino Senator Manny Pacquiao. Now, McGregor is itching to book an immediate trilogy with Poirier and settle his scores.

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However, the legendary boxer George Foreman feels McGregor should return to boxing completely as he stands a fair chance of beating ‘Pacman’.

Talking to the Daily Star, he said:

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“I’d rather see him in boxing matches now. I think if he has a fight with Pacquiao he can actually beat him–good rules, over 10 rounds, McGregor can beat him.”

“He’s already adjusted to boxing, he’s not going to do good in MMA anymore. Pacquiao is very good, as a matter of fact, but McGregor can beat him in a boxing match,” said Foreman (h/t Mirror)

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Foreman made a clear choice between McGregor and the ‘Pacman’. He admitted McGregor is done in MMA and should solely focus on boxing now.

McGregor’s last and only boxing outing was against the best ever, Floyd Mayweather, wherein he fared substantially well. The Irishman expressed his keenness to step inside the boxing ring prior to fighting Poirier. But a loss in the midway of his elevating career halted his boxing plans for a while.

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Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao – can it happen in 2021?

McGregor is focused on his octagon comeback now and wants a trilogy with Poirier badly. On the flip side, Pacquiao, 43, didn’t compete for the whole of 2020. He is in abrupt talks to stage a fight with the internet sensation, Ryan Garcia, for mid or later 2021.

LAS VEGAS – MARCH 19: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is shown with a cut above his right eye inflicted by Erik Morales of Mexico during the World Super Featherweight Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel on March 19, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Erik Morales of Mexico won 15-13 over Pacquiao by unanimous decision. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Considering the current situation, the prospects of a fight between the ‘Notorious’ and ‘Pacman’ seems diminishing for 2021.

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However, there still many possibilities of this fight happening by 2021-end, only if McGregor bags a couple of gratifying wins inside the UFC octagon.

For now, no news piece surrounding the same is revealed. Despite that, it’ll be interesting to see how things play out for both the fighters in the next few months.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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