It looks like the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor won’t be happening anytime soon.
This after McGregor’s knockout loss to Dustin Poirier in UFC 257 doused cold water to the possibility of a showdown between the Irish star and the Filipino champion.
“Very unfortunate, it looked like Conor looked past Dustin and got knocked out,” Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, told the SunSport. “Maybe he had the Senator on his mind. I think the demand for the fight is not there presently.”
It would be recalled that McGregor earlier said his fight against Pacquiao is “almost a certainty this year.”
Audie Attar of Paradigm Sports Management, who handles both Pacquiao and McGregor, also said the clash will be “inevitable” before the end of 2021.
Gibbons, however, believes that McGregor still has some unfinished business left in the Octagon before taking up another challenge in the boxing ring.
“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,” added the MP Promotions chief.
Poirier exacted revenge over McGregor with a second-round technical knockout win and a trilogy might be possible for the two fighters.
In the boxing ring though, McGregor yielded to Floyd Mayweather in “The Money Fight” after a 10th round technical knockout in August 2017.
Pacquiao, 42, meanwhile, has not fought since scoring a split decision victory against American Keith Thurman in July 2019. The boxer-turned-senator also suffered defeat at the hands of Mayweather in 2015.