- UFC lightweight champion brushed aside boxing match with Pacquiao
- He indicated his intent to return to the Octagon, is looking for an MMA fight instead
- Announcement came after his bout with Mayweather was declared the second-richest ever
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor effectively shot down any hopes of a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao after he indicated he would rather go back to the Octagon than the squared circle.
In a chance interview in New York, the MMA star took a swipe at the sweet science; saying he would want his next fight to be a “real” one.
“I think a true fight is what I want to do next,” he told TMZ. “MMA next.”
Although it’s not yet clear who McGregor’s next opponent will be, talks have been rife he will be facing UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in a rematch.
By foregoing his return to the ring, McGregor may have just skipped on another mega-payday after numbers revealed his fight with Floyd Mayweather was the second-richest ever in history.
According to official estimates, the Mayweather-McGregor generated more than $600 million on the strength of 4.3 million pay-per-views buys in North America, ticket sales, and global sponsorship and distribution.
The fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao remains the richest fight of all time.
Pacquiao have earlier confirmed starting talks with McGregor’s camp; saying he is viewing the Irishman as among several potential opponents for a boxing match.
“If we can negotiate it, I have no problem. It is OK with both of us,” he said.
However, this was quickly brushed off by UFC president Dana White who threatened to sue Pacquiao if he pushes through with his backchannel talks.
“That would be weird, because he’s under contract with us. If that’s true, I’ll be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever’s representing him,” he said.