Negotiations for what might be the sporting spectacle of the 12 months look like headed in the appropriate course.
Conor McGregor is assured he’ll return to the boxing ring this 12 months towards eight-weight world champion and sure hall-of-famer Manny Pacquiao.
McGregor competed towards the 50-0 Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017 and landed extra pictures within the early rounds than most tenured pugilists have towards the elusive unbeaten nice, solely to be picked aside quickly after as he ran out of steam and stopped in Spherical 10.
Upon returning to the Octagon, the Irishman was defeated through submission by Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 and worn out Donald Cerrone in simply 40 seconds in January 2020. He returns for his second struggle towards Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 on Battle Island.
Nonetheless as soon as his enterprise with Poirier is settled, McGregor totally expects his subsequent outing to be again on the earth of boxing.
“I do know the talks are intensifying for this 12 months,” he informed The Mac Life.
“So I’m excited for a Manny Pacquiao bout, and it is wanting like it can happen this 12 months. What time this 12 months, I am unsure.
“We will must have some good discussions with Dana and with the fellows and the UFC after [the Poirier fight] and see the place it goes, what’s there, what do we would like. I’m open to all of it. I’m prepared for all of it.”
Pacquiao is anticipated to compete a couple of times in 2021 earlier than hanging up the gloves for good from 2022 to give attention to his political profession in his native Philippines.