Manny Pacquiao Ready to Fight Conor McGregor if Floyd Mayweather Jr. Declines

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 05/29/17 06:13AM EDT
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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao criticises referee after shock loss to Jeff Horn

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is ready to step in and fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor if Floyd Mayweather Jr. will not accept the offer.

According to TMZ Sports, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, said the WBO welterweight champion is ready to take on McGregor after his July 1 fight against Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane, if Mayweather declines the bout.

"Pacquiao has a really tough fight in Australia with this guy Jeff Horn," said Arum. "After that fight, on July 1st in the United States, if McGregor is still looking for an opponent, Manny Pacquiao is there."

If the fight pushes through, both McGregor and Mayweather are expected to earn around $100 million each.

A report by Boxing Scene said McGregor has already signed a contract to face Mayweather in a boxing match. McGregor also acquired a license to box in California to pressure Mayweather into accepting the bout.

Now, it's Mayweather's turn to sign the deal that will end his retirement. The 40-year-old Mayweather last fought in September 2015 with a close win over Andre Berto. After that, he retired with an immaculate 49-0 mark.

The planned McGregor-Mayweather bout drew criticism from boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, saying boxing will not recover from it once the fight pushes through.

"Floyd's and Conor's motivation is clear. It's money. In fact, they don't even pretend it's not. But it's also a lack of consequences for when the fight ends up being the disaster that is predicted," De La Hoya said in his letter to fans.

Pacquiao, who is also a senator in the Philippines, is in the thick of preparation for his upcoming bout with Horn. According to GMANEWS.tv, Pacquiao is 70 to 80 percent fight-tuned for his title defense against Horn.

Pacquiao is currently sparring with Sonney Katiandagho and Leonardo Doronio, who are both from his hometown of General Santos City. According to coach Freddie Roach, a few more training rounds could further improve Pacquiao's speed, stamina, and timing.



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