Canelo’s Opponent: Conor McGregor Was ‘Ignorant’ To Think He Could Beat Manny Pacquiao
Canelo Alvarez’s upcoming opponent thinks Conor McGregor was ignorant for thinking he could defeat Manny Pacquiao.
McGregor had been angling for a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao ahead of his UFC 257 rematch with Dustin Poirier. Pacquiao’s team also expressed interest in the matchup. Things changed after McGregor was knocked out by Poirier in an upset.
Canelo’s upcoming title challenger, Avni Yildirim, weighed in on McGregor’s belief that he could defeat Pacquiao with a pro boxing record of 0-1 during an interview with The Sun.
“Should basketball teams start playing football? Would you watch a baseball team playing hockey? It‘s two different sports. If somebody wants to turn from one sport to the other that‘s fine. But it‘s surely not easy to do.
“We are professionals at what we do. We have done it for years – training, fighting – to get to the level where we are. To believe that you can just enter a sport and beat somebody who has done it his whole life is arrogant and ignorant to say the least.”
McGregor claims the deal to fight Pacquiao was as good as done before he was stopped by Poirier. McGregor even admitted that he accepted a rematch with Poirier to prepare for the southpaw stance. Poirier sensed that McGregor would be so focused on his boxing that he wouldn’t be prepared for leg kicks, which doomed the “Notorious” one.
Pacquiao has seemingly moved on from a clash with McGregor. Steve Kim, formerly of ESPN, reports that while a deal for Pacquiao vs. Ryan Garcia hasn’t been finalized, it would be an exhibition affair.