Manny Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor: Does It Still Makes Sense?

Manny Pacquiao vs Conor McGregor

After his multi-million dollar bout with Floyd Mayweather turned out to be a huge success, Conor McGregor decided to lace up the boxing gloves once again. This time, he targeted another legend of the sport, Manny Pacquiao. However, before the bout could be finalized, McGregor faced a shocking defeat to fellow UFC star, Dustin Poirier, at UFC 257.

Just like that, the intense talks dwindled out, and McGregor’s shot at Pacquiao went out the window. But can McGregor still get that fight?

Many pundits believe that McGregor’s boxing approach cost him the battle against Poirier. But why did he take such a route against Poirier? Apparently, McGregor considered Poirier, who is a southpaw, a tune-up fight before he could face the final boss – Manny Pacquiao.

The tapes show Conor was heavy on his feet with a boxing stance. And we all know what happens when a boxer takes on an MMA fighter.

Dustin Poirier throws body kick at Conor McGregor
UFC 257: Dustin Poirier throws a kick at Conor McGregor’s body

The legs get kicked!

Clearly, leg kicks were a huge factor in the fight. Conor’s lead leg gave up in the second round and set him up for the knockout. But now you may think, “They don’t kick in boxing, do they?” You’re right! Pacquiao can’t throw a low calf kick in the squared circle. Then what’s the problem? They can still fight, right?

Wrong!

Here’s Why Manny Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor Cannot Happen

The problem with Pacquiao vs. McGregor is not the style. It’s the loss that McGregor faced against Poirier. At the moment, Conor’s stock is not high, as his defeat against “The Diamond” took a lot of steam out of Pacquiao vs. McGregor.

“It looked like Conor looked past Dustin and got knocked out. Maybe he had the Senator (Manny Pacquiao) on his mind. I think the demand for the fight is not there presently,” Manny Pacquiao’s manager, Sean Gibbons, told The Sun.

While Pacquiao’s team believes the Conor fight is out of the question, legendary boxer George Foreman feels McGregor should fight Pacquiao in his next bout. Foreman went as far as favoring McGregor against Pacquiao.

“I think if he has a fight with Pacquiao he can actually beat him – good rules, over 10 rounds, McGregor can beat him,” Foreman told the Irish Mirror. “He’s already adjusted to boxing, he’s not going to do good in MMA anymore. Pacquiao is very good as a matter of fact, but McGregor can beat him in a boxing match.”

Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor shouldn’t be difficult to book, considering that both fighters belong to the same promotional company – Paradigm Sports. Whether the fight should be made is a different question altogether.

Honestly, the crossover bout makes no sense. I’m not ignoring the fact that it is a huge money fight. But there is no bad blood or rivalry. Now you may say, “Many fighters don’t have a rivalry or a backstory, but they still fight!”

Again, I want to remind you that these are two athletes from two different sports. McGregor is 0-1 in professional boxing, whereas Pacquiao (69-7-2) has ruled eight different divisions.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman
Manny Pacquiao lands an uppercut on Keith Thurman

How do you even market this one? At least Floyd and Conor talked a lot of trash and got people invested. Even Jake Paul is making a name for himself by going back and forth with Ben Askren before their fight. Pacquiao being a humble person certainly does not help. Even Conor is being a gentleman these days.

As of now, Conor is looking forward to redeeming himself against Dustin Poirier in a trilogy. Pacquiao has seemingly moved on from the matchup and is now targeting a bout with Terence Crawford. According to sources, the Filipino senator demanded $40 million to fight Crawford.

Professional Boxing and MMA writer at The Combat Magazine.