Conor McGregor, aka “The Notorious”, has announced that he wants to fight Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao instead of Dustin Poirier. Pacquiao, well known as Pac-Man, still hasn’t commented on the invitation, especially since he’s currently acting as one of the politicians in the Philippines.
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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor poses on the scales during his weigh-in for UFC 202 at the MGM Grand Conference Center on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will meet Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch on August 20, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Despite Pac-Man’s unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015, many fighters in the boxing world, including the MMA industry, want to face him since he’s still considered the champion.
On the flip side, many sports analysts and critics have claimed that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is just a “paper” champion since all the judges during this fight favored him. It could also be why McGregor doesn’t take his loss to Mayweather Jr. seriously.
Conor McGregor versus. Pacquiao: Will that really happen?
According to ESPNIn the latest report from, it appears Conor MacGregor despises Dustin Poirier, who currently sits at No. 1 in the UFC lightweight rankings. Despite his great fighting history, McGregor still doesn’t take him seriously. Or is he also afraid?
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Conor McGregor prepares for his welterweight fight against Donald Cerrone during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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“I took pity on the man. I looked behind him. I had a Manny Pacquiao camp in place,” McGregor said in his last interview.
“I’m a nice guy. It’s just about not translating it into the game. You can’t be nice in this business. Anyway.… In the most ruthless profession of all, I am most ruthless, ”added the MMA fighter.
McGregor even explained that he had no choice but to leave his family behind to train at his camp for his alleged fight against the Filipino boxer. It shows just how determined he is right now to take on Pac-Man.
Regarding the case of Poirier, MMA Fight reported that McGregor is also determined at first, saying he will leave the fighter on a stretcher upon exiting the battle arena. He added that he would severely bang his face until it was “blank”. McGregor and Poirier met before in UFC 178 in 2014. However, McGregor completely lost to the champion after Poirier managed a perfect 1st round knockout.
But now his main focus is Manny Pacquiao. On the flip side, the Filipino boxer has still not commented on McGregor’s intention due to his political agenda in the Philippines. For now, the best is to wait for the announcements of the two opposing parties.
Can I boxer and MMA Fighter fight against each other?
MMA fighters and other martial artists can fight professional boxers. This has already been seen in the days of Mohammad Ali after facing off against Antonio Inoki, an iconic Japanese professional wrestler.
However, boxing is quite different from other types of fighting styles because it has a lot of limitations. Compared to MMA fights, boxers can only use their hands to punch their enemies while MMA pros can use their fists and feet as explained by Sports casting.
However, it seems those who adapt to the arena are MMA pros since McGregor’s recent fight against Mayweather forced him to wear gloves. Apart from that, MMA pros are also at a disadvantage because they are not well trained to last more than five rounds in the ring.
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