This is just getting silly now. Former UFC featherweight and current lightweight champion Conor McGregor is hopefully on track for a comeback to MMA in 2018. According to a verified source, Manny Pacquiao is going to interesting measures to fight ‘The Notorious’ next…
Currently deep in contract negotiations with the UFC, lightweight champion Conor McGregor has no firm return date set. Having boxed against Floyd Mayweather earlier this year, ‘The Notorious’ has been absent from the UFC octagon for nearly 14 months now.
Many fans and contenders are blaming McGregor for backing up the 155-pound division. The situation at lightweight is similar to when McGregor was the 145-pound champion. While holding the featherweight belt, the Irishman competed twice at 170 pounds and once at 155.
Although he didn’t fare so well against ‘Money,’ McGregor did bank a princely paycheck of around $100 million. Often described as ‘red panty night,’ a clash with McGregor has recently been attracting the attention of another all-time boxing great.
Pacquiao Hunting High & Low For Irish Charms
Eight-weight world champion and globally recognized fighting legend, Manny Pacquiao is really trying to be McGregor’s next opponent. Earlier this month, ‘Pacman’ announced talks between his and McGregor’s camp had been opened.
According to UFC president Dana White, this was not a possibility. Whether that’s true or not, UFC announcer Bruce Buffer says he has been getting some strange calls from Pacquiao’s camp:
It’s TIIIME…For You To Call Someone Else
While talking to TMZ Sports, veteran octagon announcer Bruce Buffer said Pacquiao has been reaching out to him about a fight with McGregor:
“All respect to Manny Pacquiao, one of my favorite boxers of all time. I think for me personally, the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight was the fight that we all enjoyed and got $100 worth of entertainment. I would rather see Conor get back to MMA, it excites me much more,”
“I’ve had some of Manny’s friends call me and say, ‘Can you talk to Conor’s management?’ I’ve had that happen over the last six months. It’s not my position to do that. I told them, ‘You guys know who to call — call the right people.’ Money talks and people walk.”
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“Let’s see a boxer fight under MMA rules and fight Conor in the Octagon, and it might be another tremendously huge payday. And honestly if you know Manny Pacquiao and you know about his training and his background… who knows?
It could be a possibility, you never know. That, to me, would be a mega-fight. Stepping in the Octagon. Conor has already stepped into the squared ring. Maybe its time for someone with major status in boxing to step into the Octagon.”
Having seen how the flabby ghost of James Toney fared in the UFC, it would certainly be nice to see an in-shape boxer try their hand at least to settle this never-ending argument. Until then, everyone and their mother is going to be campaigning to fight McGregor next, let’s just hope it’s a UFC lightweight who gets that call.