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McGregor Rules Out Pacquiao, Says Return To MMA is Next

17 December, 2017, 02:08 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Conor McGregor

The much publicised bout, which also stirred considerable controversy, comes in as the second richest in the history of the sport after generating 4.3 million pay-per-view buys, according to a statement from Showtime sports.

McGregor is enjoying a well-earned break at the moment, swanning around New York City with his partner, Dee Devlin, and their new born son, but he was stopped in the street by TMZ and asked what his next move might be. The UFC lightweight champion can now boast to be sharing the same list with legendary boxers such as Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Evander Holyfield and, of course, Mayweather himself.

Diaz has been chasing a rubber match ever since McGregor avenged his defeat and that fight is certainly the one that the majority of UFC fans want to see most.

Pressed about what he meant by a "true fight", McGregor confirmed he was indeed referring to MMA.

However, the figures of the Money Fight are nearly double of the third biggest fight, which again featured Mayweather against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 and had 2.48 million buys.




While McGregor may have missed out on fighting in the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time, he does potentially have the opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao. He has not fought in the Octagon since November 2016, and he has never defended a UFC championship.

Dana White flat out denied the possibility of a fight between McGregor and Pacquiao, going as far as to threaten to sue the highly decorated former champion and "whoever is representing him".

"I think a true fight is what I want to do next", McGregor said.

The American defeated Conor McGregor using boxing rules in August.

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