Pacquiao's interest in fighting Conor McGregor 'not there presently'

Manny Pacquiao’s interest in fighting Conor McGregor is ‘not there presently’ after shock loss to Dustin Poirer, admits the Filipino’s promoter who says the Irishman has ‘business to clean up’ before blockbuster bout

  • Conor McGregor’s plans to fight Manny Pacquiao are in tatters after his KO loss 
  • ‘Notorious’ was stunned by Dustin Poirer at UFC 257 on his return to UFC  
  • Pacquiao’s promoter says interest in fighting McGregor is ‘not presently there’
  • Sean Gibbons believes he has ‘business to clean up’ before taking on Pacman 

Manny Pacquiao’s promoter believes the demand to fight Conor McGregor in an epic crossover bout is ‘not there presently’ following the Irishman’s shock knockout defeat to Dustin Poirer.

‘Notorious’ was expected to brush his rival aside on his highly-anticipated return to UFC and put himself in contention for a lucrative fight against the legendary Filipino boxer, but was brought crashing down to reality after being stopped in Round 2 against the American at Fight Island. 

The Irishman had claimed the showdown against ‘Pacman’ was ‘almost a certainty’, but Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao promotions, played down hopes of a match up in the immediate future, and said McGregor had work to do before the fight could be set up. 

Manny Paquiao’s promoter believes demand to fight Conor McGregor is ‘not presently there’

McGregor suffered a shock defeat to rival Dustin Poirer as he was stopped in the second round

‘Notoious’ had claimed a fight against Pacman was ‘almost a certainty’ before his crushing loss

‘Very unfortunate, it looked like Conor looked past Dustin and got knocked out,’ he told the Sun.

‘Maybe he had the Senator on his mind. I think the demand for the fight is not there presently.

‘Conor has some business to clean up and handle in the UFC.

‘It’s a bummer, it could have been fun for as long as it lasted and know leg kicks would have made a world of difference.’

Sean Gibbons (R) says McGregor has ‘business to clean up’ before he can take on Pacquiao (L)

The Irishman admitted he was unsure what lies ahead after being dealt a huge setback 

Pacquiao – an eight division world champion – is now said to be leaning towards a fight with lightweight star Ryan Garcia, with McGregor facing an uncertain future in the sport. He had also been angling for a rematch against Russian champion Khabib Nurmagomedov – who retired last year but is considering a comeback. 

But the nature of of McGregor’s loss might make him think twice, telling UFC president Dana White after the fight: ‘Be honest with yourself, I’m so many levels above these guys.’

Khabib goaded his rival after his crushing defeat, writing in a Tweet: ‘This is what happened (sic), when you change your team,’ Khabib said on Twitter. 

McGregor earned around £18m from the fight but will miss out on some big fights this year 

‘Leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality.’

McGregor, who is said to have earned around £18million from his defeat, admitted the deal to fight Pacquaio was ‘as good as done’ and said he wasn’t sure what his future held.  

‘I always did want to focus on my MMA career but I’m also open. I’ll just see what happens. I don’t know what will happen.

‘That Manny fight was happening. It was as good as done. I just want to get in and get back into a bounce, especially against that style of fighter, and not take those kicks.’ 

This week he joked that he was already hard at work trying to ‘rebuild’ his career after being pictured on a digger in Dubai.

‘Back on the sites, it happens the best of us. We’ll build it back #DublinMiniDiggers’, McGregor wrote alongside a video of him inside the machine. 

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