Big money for both fighters
By Anthony Cocks
Conor McGregor is keen to set foot back in the boxing ring despite his 10th round loss to Floyd Mayweather two-and-a-half years ago.
The 31-year-old UFC star said he would welcome the opportunity to face WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in what would be a big money fight between two of the biggest names in the fight game.
McGregor was one half of one of the most lucrative bouts in boxing history when he faced Mayweather. The fight generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys, second only to Mayweather-Pacquiao which did 4.6 million.
The popular Irishman floated the idea of facing the Filipino superstar at the new 72,000-seat Allegiant Stadium – the future home of the Las Vegas Raiders – ahead of his upcoming MMA bout against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone this weekend.
“What a fight that would be against Manny, a small, powerful southpaw. I’d have to figure out the weight and these types of things, but something that interests me, no doubt,” said McGregor at the press conference.
Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, appeared amenable to the idea, posting a mocked-up poster of Pacquiao and McGregor on social media.
McGregor started well against Mayweather but faded in the later rounds before being stopped. He was trailing 89-91, 89-82 and 87-83 when the fight was called off.
“I did do well [against Mayweather],” said McGregor. “I won rounds and hit him more times than anyone. I hit him more times than Manny hit him. And with small adjustments in the prep and with an understanding of that style he’s coming at me with, now I think I’d beat him.”
If the Pacquiao fight doesn’t happen, McGregor says he is open to facing other top boxers.
“There are many world champions and many people around with somewhat of a name and I feel I could fight anyone, I could compete against anyone,” he said.