Published: Tue, December 12, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Manny Pacquiao Responds To 2018 McGregor Boxing Match Idea

Manny Pacquiao Responds To 2018 McGregor Boxing Match Idea

So...ya. Arum has reportedly said that he would work with Pacquiao, in terms of fighting McGregor, but all this seems very, very unlikely right now.

"So, if he applied, I would see no reason why we wouldn't license him". Yes, (Conor's next fight is in the UFC).

It was hot news earlier last week that Pacquiao, the Filipino boxing superstar, had confirmed that he's having talks with McGregor for a potential fight for 2018.

UFC president Dana White has produced a stinging response to Manny Pacquiao's claim that he had opened talks to fight Conor McGregor.

Pacquiao told AFP that both sides would be "OK" with a fight between the two.

The UFC has stated multiple times Ferguson should be McGregor's next opponent. Last August, McGregor was defeated via Total Knock-Out on the 10 sup th round with his fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Rumors began to swirl late last month that the UFC was interested in booking a welterweight title fight between champion Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz for December 30's UFC 219 in Las Vegas, Nevada, but UFC President Dana White quickly shut down those rumors, saying the idea was simply mishandled by a company executive. The UFC needs it's biggest star competing in the Octagon.

"That would be weird, because (McGregor's) under contract with us", reacted White when asked about Pacquiao's statement.

"If that's true, I will be suing Manny Pacquaio and whoever's representing him". The fighters split wins in an epic pair of bouts in 2016 that elevated the stars of both men, with McGregor solidifying his spot as the top draw in the sport and Diaz jumping from cult-favorite status to mainstream celebrity.

Pacquiao has not fought since losing his WBO welterweight title to Australia's Jeff Horn in July.

The good news is McGregor will have some time with Ferguson on the shelf for a little while as he mends his surgically repaired elbow.

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