Whether they are fact or not, these comments from Pacquiao and his team did not go over well with UFC President Dana White. UFC star McGregor has dismissed the notion of him retiring from MMA by declaring that he ‘has every intention of fighting’ next year.
Earlier this week, rumors run rampant concerning Irishman Conor McGregor‘s next fight. Contrary to widespread expectations that his next bout will occur in the Octagon, these rumors suggest McGregor will once again compete in the boxing ring, where he would take on a legend Manny Pacquiao.
The initial rumors began to surface on Thanksgiving Day last month when Pacquiao posted a picture of Notorious on social media and captioned it with “Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend.
Recent rumors began with comments from Pacquiao himself, who claimed that he’s been in initial negotiations with McGregor and his camp, and that they’re working toward an early next year showdown.
While White was all for McGregor’s blockbuster August super fight with pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr., he doesn’t seem interested in letting McGregor continue to the boxing ring.
“That would be weird because [McGregor] is under contract with us,” White said of Manny Pacquiao’s claims at the post-fight press conference for the UFC’s stop in Fresno, California (h/t Trent Reinsmith of Forbes). “If that’s true, I will be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever’s representing him. So, I’m assuming that’s not true.”
After the tremendous amount of success the Mayweather vs. McGregor showdown saw earlier this year, it’s no surprise that the notorious could be interested in fighting Pacquiao as well. Not only that he has plenty of options in the boxing world – having been challenged by Paulie Malignaggi, and even the retired Oscar De La Hoya.
Whatever the case, it seems like it will be a long and strenuous process to get McGregor back in the UFC Octagon. Notorious is well-aware of his worth, and will likely not return to any old fight.
What you think he will return to UFC octagon or a boxing ring?