UFC: Conor McGregor says he’s using Poirier fight to prepare for Manny Pacquiao

Conor McGregor, UFC

The UFC is in the process of trying to finalize the potential rematch between Conor McGregor (22-4) and Dustin Poirier (26-6, 1 NC). The fight materialized after McGregor challenged Poirier to a charity MMA match. Both fighters have said they’ve accepted the fight.

McGregor is pushing for the fight to be in 2020 while the UFC is wanting to do the fight in January. Either way, the UFC is working to get the fight done. It was a crazy couple of weeks when it comes to Conor McGregor news.

McGregor had announced that he would be boxing Manny Pacquiao before stepping back into the UFC. Pacquiao’s team confirmed that the rumors were true. However, then the plans shifted and it now appears that McGregor will face Dustin Poirier.

In an interview with Teddy Atlas, Poirier said that he believes fighting him is apart of McGregor’s ultimate plan to fight Manny Pacquiao. He pointed to the fact that he’s a tough southpaw fighter so he would make sense for McGregor. McGregor took to Twitter to confirm that.

UFC and Boxing for McGregor

As you can see from the above tweet, McGregor is still planning on venturing back into the squared circle against Manny Pacquiao. The plan is still to face Dustin Poirier in the UFC, but this will ultimately lead into his fight with Pacquiao.

Granted, I’m not sure if this will ultimately happen. Yes, both the Pacquiao and McGregor camps are interested, but it’s not a done deal. If McGregor defeats Poirier this year, the UFC will likely push to have McGregor face the winner of the UFC 254 main event.

McGregor has longed for the rematch with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0). If a win over Poirier leads to a boxing match with Pacquiao or a title match against Nurmagomedov, I find it hard to believe that McGregor would chose boxing over UFC gold.

Conor McGregor to UFC President: ‘Stop lying!’

Conor McGregor, UFC

It has been a wild couple of days involving Conor McGregor and the UFC. First, the former champion releases screenshots of a conversation between him and Dana White proving that McGregor was eager to have a busy 2020 in the UFC.

Then McGregor said he would be boxing Manny Pacquiao next. Pacquiao’s camp confirmed the talks yesterday. However, Dana White was not really pleased with McGregor when it comes to the way he tweeted all of this out. White said McGregor broke, “Man Code,” at the UFC 253 post-fight press conference.

Well, early this morning, McGregor had a rebuttal for the UFC President. In his response, McGregor pointed out that White broke code first, and he said that White is in on the Pacquiao talks. White said last night that he didn’t know anything about the boxing match.

UFC vs McGregor

Right now, we are in a classic battle of he said-he said. McGregor is right in that White originally commented that McGregor didn’t want to fight months ago. However, White clarified his comments later saying he was referring to McGregor not wanting to be a replacement.

That statement was confirmed by the former UFC champion’s screenshots. White came out last week and said that the UFC was working on something fun for McGregor in early 2021 so I find it a little hard to believe that White said that he didn’t know anything about the potential boxing match.

Ariel Helwani of ESPN reported that the UFC was in on the talks to make that happen. I believe that White was more annoyed by the entire situation and threw the response out there to focus more on UFC 253 versus what’s happening with McGregor.

It has been a frustrating year for McGregor and the UFC. McGregor wanted to be active in 2020. A fight with Justin Gaethje made sense. However, when Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson for the interim UFC lightweight title, that fight went out the window.

The promotion was targeting McGregor – Gaethje for their event in July. That would have headlined the UFC‘s first trip to Fight Island. However, Gaethje is now fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 for the undisputed lightweight title.

I don’t think public spats over Twitter help anything. McGregor and the UFC have always had a good relationship, and I think that White and McGregor just need to talk it out. Although things look bleak at the moment, I still expect McGregor to fight in the UFC sometime next year.

Manny Pacquiao confirms boxing match against UFC’s Conor McGregor

Yesterday, the world received some interesting news. Former UFC champion Conor McGregor made the claim that he would be boxing Manny Pacquiao for his next combat sport venture. It took a lot of people by surprise.

McGregor posted that tweet along with a few others including screenshots with UFC President Dana White. McGregor showed the fans that he was desperately trying to stay active when it comes to the UFC in 2020.

However, fights never materialized, and a frustrated McGregor said that he was walking away from the sport. However, recently, Dana White said that the UFC was working on something fun for McGregor. Although, he didn’t say what that something fun was.

It became increasingly clear that this potential boxing match with Pacquiao could be that something fun. This morning, Manny Pacquiao’s team confirmed the news with ESPN Ringside. His team said he would be taking on the former UFC champion next year.

Boxing’s Pacquiao vs UFC’s McGregor

The fight will mark the second time that Conor McGregor has made his way over from the UFC to the world of professional boxing. The first time was McGregor’s money fight against Floyd Mayweather back in 2018.

McGregor showed that he wasn’t just a UFC fighter that night, and even won some rounds against the great Floyd Mayweather. In the end, McGregor succumbed to a 10th round TKO, but he netted a massive payday for the fight.

McGregor returned to the UFC earlier in 2020 finishing Donald Cerrone in the first round at UFC 246. However, it was the last time the promotion could book McGregor. Now, as McGregor has been waiting, a new opportunity has risen.

Pacquiao hasn’t boxed in over a year, but he’s the reigning WBA Super Welterweight Champion. He’s won three straight fights since dropping a controversial decision to Jeff Horn back in 2017. Pacquiao has long been known as one of the best in boxing.

This will be another massive event that will pair the UFC against Boxing. This fight will not be nearly as big as Mayweather/McGregor, but it will definitely be a big event that should generate a ton of money.

UFC: Conor McGregor claims he’s boxing Manny Pacquiao next

Conor McGregor, UFC

It’s been a social media storm today from the biggest star in the UFC. Conor McGregor has once again been active on his favorite platform, Twitter. McGregor sent a slew of screenshots between him and Dana White showing that he wanted to fight.

The former UFC double champion continued to ask White in the screenshots for options to get him a fight. The only thing that McGregor declined to do was be a backup for the Khabib Nurmagomedov – Tony Ferguson fight.

McGregor became increasingly frustrated with the UFC because he was asked to wait until fans come back. Because of his growing frustration, he decided that he wanted to walk away from the sport because of the lack of options.

However, McGregor went on to say that he’s not done in the combat arena. In the last tweet that McGregor sent, he claimed that he would be boxing world champion, Manny Pacquiao, in the Middle East for his next bout.

UFC versus Boxing Round 2?

Back in late July, the former UFC champion made headlines when he tweeted out the words, “I accept,” in Pacquiao’s native language. The two have been rumored to be a pairing for some time and both have expressed interest in the contest.

The UFC has come out recently and said that they were working on something fun for Conor McGregor. However, when Dana White was pressed on him fighting in the octagon, he wouldn’t confirm nor deny it.

White said that whatever it was would take place in early 2021. Could White have been referring to a potential boxing matching between McGregor and Pacquiao? Pacquiao last fought in July of 2019 when he successfully defended his WBA Super World Welterweight title.

If the UFC were to co-promote a fight between McGregor and Pacquiao, one has to wonder if the title would be on the line or if it would be a one off spectacle. Either way, McGregor has found a way to get his name back in the media right before a massive UFC event.

Should the UFC censor fighters’ trash talk?

Over this past weekend at UFC Vegas 11, Colby Covington defeated Tyron Woodley. However, a topic of discussion this week has been centered more around what Covington said after the fight as opposed to his dominant performance.

Covington labeled Woodley a communist in his post-fight press conference and mentioned tribal smoke signals in a back and forth with UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. Of course, there have been many up in arms about what Covington had to say.

Many in the media have come out and said that the UFC needs to intervene. Dana White has responded saying that the UFC has never and won’t censor what their fighters can say before a fight. It should be known that this is not something new in the fight game.

In boxing years before they fought, Floyd Mayweather came under fire after he said to Manny Pacquiao, “Make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.” Mayweather did later apologize for the racist comment towards the Filipino boxing champion.

Conor McGregor also came under fire during his promotional tour with Floyd Mayweather. The former UFC double champion asked Mayweather and his crew to dance, but used the term, monkeys. That was again in the headlines as a racially decisive comment.

What should the UFC do?

Let me be clear about my opinion. I don’t think it’s okay for anyone of any race to say anything offensive towards another individual simply because of the color of their skin. No matter what the situation, it’s not okay. If I was running a business, I wouldn’t let it happen because there’s no place for it.

However, this situation is different. We are talking about the UFC and fighting here. This is the one arena in life where your words can truly come back to bite you. I’ll remind you that Kamaru Usman broke Colby Covington’s jaw last December. It’s not like he got away with what he was saying.

The UFC welterweight champion seemed calm and composed during his exchange with Covington. Fighting is a very personal game, and even if the words are offensive, they are part of the story of the build up. Right now, we live in a very unique time where the country is extremely divided.

Racial relations are at a bubbling point in the US. I can definitely understand where folks are coming from in encouraging the UFC to step in. My only counter argument is that it’s the fight game. At the end of the day, you have to back up everything you see in the arena of combat.

Fortunately, I’m not running the UFC and I don’t have to make that choice. Because of the arena, I would say that the promotion should let fighters be to a point. I think the UFC should draw a line of where their fighters can go. It’s a touchy subject, but I don’t think the UFC should do anything different as of now.

UFC: Conor McGregor to box Manny Pacquiao?

Conor McGregor, UFC

The UFC‘s Conor McGregor sure has a way of stirring up the MMA fans. After announcing his retirement earlier this year, the Notorious one cryptically tweeted, “I accept,” yesterday.

Many people assumed that he was saying that he was accepting a callout from one of his fellow UFC competitors. McGregor took to Twitter once again today to provide a clue on what he might have meant by the tweet.

You might be asking yourself, what does that mean? Well, tinatanggap ko is Filipino for “I accept”. There is only one man McGregor could be talking about if this is in fact who he’s accepting a challenge from.

UFC vs Boxing Round 2?

Conor McGregor has already arguably the greatest boxer of this generation in Floyd Mayweather. If Floyd is the best, one of the guys that is right up there would be Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao is a boxing superstar from the Philippines who is currently the WBA Super Welterweight Champion. The Pac Man who is set to turn 42 in December is currently on a three fight winning streak.

The two men have expressed interest in squaring off in the squared circle in the past, but a match between the two men never appeared close to happening. With McGregor stepping away from the UFC, now could be the perfect opportunity.

Now, part of me still feels the same way I did about the Mayweather – McGregor situation. I’ll believe it when I see it. For now, I still tend to believe that McGregor’s next contest will be in the UFC. Although, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little interested in McGregor – Pacquiao.