Weeks after Manny Pacquiao triggered speculation about a fight against Conor McGregor, the Filipino boxing legend confirmed that he was indeed talking to the UFC champ’s team for a boxing match.
In an interview with AFP, the 38-year-old confirmed that both camps have indeed broached the possibility of making that happen, “but we have not yet had any follow-up conversations.”
“If we can negotiate it, I have no problem,” he added. “It is OK with both of us.”
The future boxing hall of famer has been 2-2 in the past four fights, so his record is not exactly impressive. Boxing analysts, however, are saying that it should have been 3-1 if not for the controversial hometown decision on Jeff Horn, whom they claimed Pacquiao defeated in their July 2017 fight in the Gold Coast.
Pacquiao got the boxing world buzzing when he tagged McGregor in an Instagram post as the boxer greeted the Irishman a “Happy Thanksgiving.” But he added the hashtags “#realboxingmatch” and “2018,” which triggered speculation that a boxing match between the two has been set for next year.
Although Pacquiao is racing against the clock to get more fights under his belt, he certainly is not waiting on McGregor to sign on the dotted line. The sitting senator of the Philippines said they are also talking about a possible rematch against Horn next year.
“It depends who they can finalise as my opponent by April,” he said.
McGregor, for his part, said that he will focus on reclaiming his dominant status in the UFC after a 10-round loss to Floyd Mayweather. The 29-year-old wants to fight interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson next although he added that he’s not totally abandoning boxing. He confirmed that talks are ongoing with Dana White and the UFC management but, “I ain’t stepping in that Octagon again unless I’m part-owner of the whole setup. I’m a promoter.”