Is it Floyd or Pacman for McGregor?

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    Move aside Floyd Mayweather. Manny Pacquiao is about to steal one away from you.

    There’s a new twist in the boxing superstar from the Philippines’ farewell tour – a fight with Mixed Martial Arts champion Conor McGregor.

    So if Pacquiao is throwing his hat on the McGregor derby, which fight would be more interesting?

    If Top Rank boss Bob Arum will have his way, he will let the fight happen even if it requires he to step aside.

    Arum said in a recent interview that he was more than willing to make a fight between the Filipino ring icon and the Irish MMA superstar.

    “That’s an easy fight for Manny, and I would love for that fight to happen, absolutely,” Arum said in an interview with TMZ Sports.

    “For sure, Manny Pacquiao would love to fight Conor McGregor in boxing,” he added. “Any boxer would like to fight Conor McGregor, because they’d knock him out.”

    Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao fight

    Talks of the fight came through after McGregor had quipped that he might square-off against Pacquiao if a fight with Floyd Mayweather did not materialise. Pacquiao, on the other hand, had made it clear that he would gladly fight McGregor in a boxing match.

    There’s a hitch though. the head of the UFC does not like the idea.

    So while the trio of Pacquiao, McGregor and Arum are seemingly willing to work with each other, UFC President Dana White gave it a cold shoulder.

    There lies the obstacle because McGregor is exclusively signed with the UFC, thus he needs White’s approval to compete in professional boxing match.

    White had earlier thumbed down the fight even before talks could get more serious.

    White has no problem with Pacquiao. It’s Arum that he does not want to deal with. The veteran fight promoter, however, is willing to step aside just for the fight to happen.

    Arum is open to give the fighting Senator from the Philippines the right and the permission to fight McGregor anytime, on the condition that the money is right for the eight-division world champion.

    Pacquiao is set to fight Australian welterweight contender Jeff Horn possibly at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on April 22. Only the venue and the finer details of the fight are left to be finalised.

    The Pacquiao-Horn fight looms as the biggest boxing bonanza in Australia.

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    The Crowd Says (3)

    • February 3rd 2017 @ 10:39am
      DJW said | February 3rd 2017 @ 10:39am | ! Report

      No one wants to see McGregor box. Here’s an idea, how about he defends a UFC title for once.

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        February 7th 2017 @ 12:09pm
        BigJ said | February 7th 2017 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

        good point DJW. this McGregor idiot is so busy trying to get fights that will never happen rather than focusing on his title that he needs to defend to be call a real champion, it looks like he is a three trick pony.

        Trick one: Pick a fight with a UFC champ

        Trick Two: win the title

        Trick three: never defend you title and chase fight with boxers that would
        a never fight you
        b. kick the crap out of you if they did fight you

    • February 4th 2017 @ 11:31am
      Gener said | February 4th 2017 @ 11:31am | ! Report

      I guess a figtht with Horn is as much as interesting as that of McGreggor. So why not allow the Horn fight and since if it is not going to hurt Pacquiao much then why not follow it up with a fight with McGreggor after 3 months or so. Maybe then success in those two fithts might rise an interest to a FM vs PacmanII. Boxing is alive again.

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