Manny Pacquiao sent speculation over a boxing match between himself and Conor McGregor taking place in Spring 2018 into overdrive this week with a suggestion that the fighters’ representatives were in negotiations to make it happen.
In the days which followed, the rumour mill began churning heavily. Was this fight really going to take place?
Well, UFC boss Dana White has quickly ensured fans that a Pacquiao-McGregor showdown will not happen. He explained that if it is proven to be true that the Filipino boxing legend’s team have been in touch with Conor’s team over the potential matchup, the UFC would be suing them. Read more on that story, here.
On the same night, Pacquiao’s famed promoter Bob Arum spoke on the matter and he appears to be on the same page as Dana. Neither promoter believes the fight will take place.
While the 39-year-old former WBO welterweight champion had implied that initial negotiations have taken place, Arum’s revelations last night were to the contrary. Watch the veteran New York promoter slam the idea that we are anywhere close to seeing McGregor-Pacquiao below:
There you have it, a cross-over fight between Conor and Manny is already old news.
Note how Arum also throws in how easily he foresees his fighter dispatching of the UFC lightweight champion if the bout were to somehow materialise, while also taking a pop at the Irishman’s professional boxing debut back in August, insisting that Floyd Mayweather carried him through to the tenth round of that mega-fight.
Will this, along with White’s comments on the matter, out an end to the speculation once and for all? It remains to be seen. However, the longer we wait for an official announcement on Conor’s next port of call within the fight game, rumours will undoubtedly swirl on.