The premier American Mixed Martial Arts organization, UFC has threatened to sue the former world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao over the reports that Manny Pacquiao had begun negotiations with McGregor’s team for a boxing-rules contest in 2018.
UFC president Dana White has said that, if true, Pacquiao and his representatives Top Rank promotions would all be subject to legal action. “That would be weird because he’s under contract with us. If that’s true, I will be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever’s representing him,” ESPN has reported White as saying.
White has also confirmed that Conor’s next fight would indeed be a UFC Contest. McGregor has not fought since his sole venture inside a boxing ring – an unsuccessful tenth round loss to unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Since then, a number of rumours have emerged regarding McGregor’s comeback opponent in a UFC cage. An official fight announcement from UFC or from McGregor is yet to be made.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, one of the most popular fighters in the sport of boxing, could very well fight in Mexico City next April. Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) has been out of the ring since July of this year when he traveled over to Brisbane in Australia and suffered a controversial twelve round decision loss to local star Jeff Horn before a crowd of 51,000 at Suncorp Stadium.
He was scheduled to rematch Horn in November but withdrew from the dates citing conflicts with his work schedule as a senator in the Philippines. His ring return is now being eyed for April.