ANALYSIS: What would happen if Pacquiao fights McGregor in boxing match?

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2020 09:14 PM

ANALYSIS: What would happen if Pacquiao fights McGregor in boxing match? 1
A Pacquiao-McGregor boxing match would be favorable to Pacquiao, says boxing analyst Ed Tolentino. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/file and Mike Blake, Reuters

If Manny Pacquiao doesn't get that rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr., then he might just go after the next best thing.

This is one of the possible reasons he signed with Paradigm Sports Management, the same company handling MMA superstar Conor McGregor.

"Paradigm has no solid track record in pro boxing. The bulk of its clients are MMA combatants. However, when you consider that it was able to make McGregor the richest debutante in the history of pro boxing, then it must be doing something right," said boxing commentator Ed Tolentino.

"If the outfit was able to do that to McGregor, then I think Pacquiao, who is on the last legs of his career, believes that the outfit can help him get that golden parachute before he calls it a day."

Pacquiao signed with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) two years ago with hopes of landing that elusive rematch with Mayweather.

But instead of getting Mayweather, the Filipino champion was made to face other champions on PBC's stable.

"This is not the reason why Pacquiao joined PBC," Tolentino said.

If a boxing match materializes between McGregor and Pacquiao, then Filipino fans could be in for a treat.

"Yes, I definitely see Pacquiao demolishing McGregor with the tenacity of a wrecking ball toppling a condemned building. We may be looking at a scenario that resembles Pacquiao-(Ricky) Hatton," Tolentino said, referring to Pacquiao's brutal second round knockout victory over the British champion in 2009.

But Tolentino said Pacquiao's affinity with Paradigm could affect his existing contract with PBC.

"Many want to know the complete details of the deal with Paradigm considering that Pacquiao had also inked a deal with Al Haymon's PBC. Personally, I think Pacquiao has grown tired of PBC's failure to deliver him Mayweather Jr.," said Tolentino.

According to the Telegraph's boxing columnist Gareth Davies, the Pacquiao-McGregor bout could generate as much as $250 million in revenues. 

The Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight in 2015 is considered boxing's richest fight, generating somewhere between $300 million and $400 million in gross revenue.

Pacquiao, who fought Mayweather with a bum shoulder, lost that fight via unanimous decision. 

McGregor fought Mayweather, too, in his professional boxing debut in 2017, losing via 10th round TKO.

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