What!? After Manny Pacquiao trolled Conor McGregor via social media on Thanksgiving, sources are saying talks for a fight have begun.
According to Jim White of Sky Sports, Pacquiao has confirmed that his camp has opened negotiations with the UFC star about a potential boxing match in April 2018.
In the boxing world, reports tonight Manny Pacquiao -39 later this month – has confirmed he's opened talks to fight Conor McGregor in April next year.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) December 8, 2017
Huh? What about the UFC?
The UFC and its president Dana White has said that they are trying to work out a new deal with McGregor, but nothing has been finalized. They hoped he would return to defend his 155-pound title against interim champion Tony Ferguson… but that’s even iffy.
White recently admitted he’s unsure if McGregor would every fight in the UFC again. “We were working on a fight for him at the end of the year, and he’s just not ready,” he told reports last month. “We’re still in that ‘Conor might never fight again’ [phase]. The guy’s got a f*cking $100 million”.
This past week, while speaking to his sponsor Betsafe, McGregor said his focus wasn’t exclusive t the Octagon or the boxing ring. He’s prepared for both… and would return when the money is right.
“My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing,” he said. “At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me. We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game, or whatever the next business endeavour might be.”
While McGregor appeared to put on a convincing performance against Floyd Mayweather during their hyped fight in August, most boxing experts believed it was a sham.
Hall of Fame boxing commentator Jim Lampley called the fight a “marvelous scam”. “He allowed Conor to ‘win three rounds’, so the whole global MMA community could have something to latch onto,” he said.
Will anyone tune in and/or pay for another Conor McGregor boxing match… this time against Manny Pacquiao? What are your thoughts?