Boxing superstar and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao says he’s already begun talks with UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor about a possible boxing match.
If you’re one of the steadily growing group of MMA fans that have come to the end of their rope with the UFC Lightweight title having not been defended a single time in over a year, you could be in for an even longer wait. Earlier today, word got out that boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao confirmed that he is in preliminary talks with UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor for a possible match next year. To make that perfectly clear, the talks are for a boxing match.
According to AFP, via Yahoo.com, Pacquiao said, “If we can negotiate it, I have no problem. It is OK with both of us,” and went on to relay that there had been initial contact already, but no follow-up conversations have taken place yet.
Pacquiao, who controversially lost a decision to Jeff Horn in his last fight, stated that he wants to fight again, but only if the contest can take place in the Philippines during the Senate’s recess, since he is currently serving as a Senator. The 39-year-old legend says that McGregor is just one of several opponents being considered for a possible April, 2018 bout. Other potential opponents include a rematch with Horn or a fight with Keith Thurman who holds the WBA Super Welterweight title and the WBC Welterweight title.
McGregor didn’t win his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the fight wasn’t a bust either, as the Irishman walked away with somewhere in the neighborhood of $100M. He recently went on record saying that he has “transcended both MMA and boxing” and future opponents must “lobby” to get a fight with him. With the UFC actively looking to get into boxing and the possibility of “The Notorious” not returning to MMA without better incentive to come back, the prospect of this fight doesn’t seem quite as outlandish as it should.