‘The Talks Have Been Intensifying’- Conor McGregor Hints at Possible Manny Pacquiao Fight

Published 01/21/2021, 12:33 PM EST


The Notorious‘ Conor McGregor returns this weekend against Dustin Poirier in a scintillating clash at the UFC lightweight division. The first pay-per-view of the year will end with 2 blockbuster clashes in the 155 lbs division of the UFC.

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Dan Hooker will fight former Bellator champion and UFC debutant Michael Chandler in the co-main event.

McGregor has been doing media obligations all week long in Fight Island, Abu Dhabi. He sat down with BT Sport recently. Among many things discussed was a possible boxing showdown against Manny Pacquiao.

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I need to keep my options open the talks have been intensifying. There’s behind closed doors talks and you know what I mean? So let’s see how it goes.

“I would like my UFC career to get going also like I said, I’m gonna put a stint into this 155-pound division a correct proper run at it. You know exactly like I done at the featherweights and maul every single one of them and that’s, you know, no messing.

“Full focus. Show them what show them what’s what, and the Manny and the little treasure chests that are there. You know, I’ll keep them there for sure and I’m ready for them also. So, we’ll see what happens,said McGregor.

Conor McGregor has boxed Floyd Mayweather before

Conor McGregor’s sole professional boxing bout came against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather in 2017. McGregor lost the bout by way of a 10th round TKO.

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But it was a bold move on the Irishman’s part to step into the squared ring for the first time in his career against the greatest boxer of all time.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor come face to face during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at SSE Arena on July 14, 2017, in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

A bout against Manny Pacquiao has been discussed for a considerable amount of time now. Pacquiao signed with McGregor’s management team, Paradigm Sports recently. The possibilities took a bigger step after that. It will be a fascinating spectacle for the fans if the two men indeed stand across the boxing ring.

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What did you make of McGregor’s comments about Pacquiao? How will McGregor fare against Dustin Poirier this weekend?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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