A Conor McGregor boxing match against former pound for pound number one Manny Pacquiao in 2018 might not be out of the question.
Since initially sending Conor McGregor a tweet in recent times mentioning to him to keep fit for 2018, a number of reports have emerged that suggest Pacquiao could in fact take on McGregor under boxing rules next year.
This past weekend Pacquiao’s promoter did admit too that a member of Pacquiao’s team had contacted McGregor a couple of months back, but that they had not heard back from the Irishman at that point.
Speaking to The Philippine Star, Pacquiao said (translated to English):
“McGregor has a representative speaking to my representative, but I do not know yet; they say there is a fight, willing to fight, we do not know yet. It is difficult to conclude what will happen.”
This will likely anger UFC president and soon to be boxing promoter Dana White – who has gone on the record in recent days saying he will sue Manny Pacquiao if he tries to fight McGregor in a boxing while he is under contract with White and the UFC.
White and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum also have a long-lasting bitter relationship furthermore, which one would expect would make such a boxing match difficult to make in the first place.
McGregor’s last and only professional boxing bout came back in August when he was knocked out inside 10 rounds by Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao’s last appearance in the ring came earlier this year to Australian Jeff Horn – who sprung a surprise points upset on the Filipino boxing icon to capture the WBO welterweight world title.