Dana White Says if Conor McGregor Would Have Beaten Dustin Poirier a Blockbuster Boxing Match Was Waiting for Him

Published 10/06/2021, 1:13 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 11: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout at the UFC Performance Institute on August 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor was in talks to fight Manny Pacquiao inside the boxing ring earlier this year. In fact, many suggested that his rematch against Dustin Poirier was a tune-up fight before facing Pacman. Recently, UFC President Dana White was asked if a fight between McGregor and Pacquiao was actually a possibility.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Had Conor beat Poirier, I know that they were talking about it. I know that they wanted to do it. You know, obviously there was a lot of things needed to happen for that fight to happen. And they didn’t, so it didn’t. But, I don’t know. I don’t know if that fight would’ve ever happened,” said White.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Also, White once again implied that he is not a fan of the recent trend of celebrity boxing matches while acknowledging the fact that the chances of seeing Pacquiao doing such things are slim to none.

I’m not a big fan of exhibitions. It’s a bullsh*t loophole in the system for guys that shouldn’t be fighting to be able to fight,” said White on the topic.

Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manny Pacquiao (right) fights Yordenis Ugas in a world welterweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Pacquiao is set to join politics after announcing his retirement. White wished the Filipino legend good luck for his future endeavors outside the sport of boxing.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao would have been blockbuster

McGregor is still a huge draw in any form of combat. And, Pacquiao is a bonafide legend of boxing. ‘The Notorious’ has previously stepped inside the squared ring only once against the consensus greatest boxer of all time, Floyd Mayweather. So, the idea of him fighting ‘Pacman’ was not too far-fetched.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 09: Conor McGregor speaks with UFC President Dana White during a ceremonial weigh in for UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

However, his loss to Poirier hampered those chances. It seems like a fight that fans missed the chance to see. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what the future has in store for McGregor and Pacquiao in their respective ventures.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

AEW Superstar Names Jorge Masvidal and Two Other MMA Fighters Who Could be Major Wrestling Stars

15 days ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Apratim Banerjee

1260 articles

Apratim Banerjee is a senior UFC 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT