Pacquiao open to fighting McGregor, but no talks have happened yet

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2020 06:12 PM

Manny Pacquiao said he’d be OK fighting Conor McGregor in a boxing match, although the world champion boxer said he hasn’t personally spoken to the MMA superstar about the matter.

“Possible naman,” said Pacquiao when asked about the fight during the MPBL all-star festivities at Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday. “Basta boxing lang, hindi MMA.”

Foreign press on Wednesday reported that Pacquiao signed with Paradigm Sports Management, which also handles McGregor.

The development fueled speculation that a Pacquiao-McGregor bout is in the works.

“Partnership lang with with Paradigm. Non-exclusive naman ang partnership namin. Kung ano lang ang maiambag nila sa career ko,” Pacquiao said.

“The fight with McGregor hindi pa namin na discuss.”

Pacquiao said that if a McGregor fight materializes, he wants it in the weight he’s comfortable at.

“Basta 147 pounds at boxing ang laban,” he said.

When McGregor battled Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017, they fought at the 154-pound, light-middleweight weight class.

Pacquiao once fought at 154 pounds, when he drubbed Antonio Margarito in 2010. Since that time, however, he has only campaigned in the welterweight division (147 pounds).

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