Negotiations between a possible boxing match between Manny pacquiao and Conor McGregor they have “stepped up” to take place this year, the former UFC champion said in an interview.
“I know that the talks are intensifying this year,” he said. Mcgregor in chat with The Mac Life. “I’m excited for a fight with Manny pacquiao and it looks like it will take place this year. At what time of the year? I’m not sure”.
Next Saturday, January 23, Mcgregor will return to the octagon of UFC after more than a year of inactivity and in which he again threatened to retire, to face a rematch of Dustin Poirier in the Fight Island, in Abu Dhabi.
“We are going to have a good talk with Dana (White, president of UFC) and with the boys and the UFC after (the fight against Poirier) and we will see where it goes, what there is, what we want, “he added. “I am open to everything. I’m ready for everything ”.
McGregor wants to win a world boxing title before retiring
Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the CMB, I affirm that Mcgregor He would be eligible to fight for a world body title if he can beat any classified fighter.
“I appreciate the comments of Mr. Sulaiman“, said Mcgregor at the interview. “Certainly, I will win a world title in boxing before I retire, and I would be very excited to do so against Manny pacquiao“.
Pacquiao also seems eager to fight Conor McGregor
Pacquiao He hinted a few days ago that although he wants to face the best welterweight in the world, he prefers a fight against an MMA.
“They (Spence and Crawford) are my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA fighter, “he said. Manny pacquiao in interview for Business Mirror. “I will also donate a large portion of that income for the victims of Covid-19 in the Philippines.”
In August 2017, Conor debuted in professional boxing by facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although in the first rounds the Irishman surprised, Floyd he handled the contest and knocked him out in the 10th round.
After that fight, Mcgregor returned to mixed martial arts to lose against Khabib Nurmagomedov by submission in the fourth round and then faced Donald cerrone, whom he knocked out in 40 seconds.
For its part, Pacquiao He is 42 years old and with a record of 62-7-2 (39 KO’s) he last fought on July 20, 2019 against Keith Thurman, who he took undefeated by split decision. It is still unknown when he will return to the rings, prior to 2022 when he will surely focus on his political career.