Manny Pacquiao Signs New Deal With Paradigm, Conor McGregor Fight Possibly Looming
Manny Pacquiao has seemingly kept the hope of a showdown with Conor McGregor alive.
McGregor, the former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion, is signed to a deal with Paradigm Sports Management. Back in February, Pacquiao had signed on with the management team. This stoked the flames of a potential boxing showdown between the two megastars. Pacquiao appeared to have poured cold water on that idea months later when he revealed he no longer had an active deal with Paradigm.
Things have quickly changed as Pacquiao took to his Instagram account to announce that he’s signed a fresh deal with Paradigm.
“Excited to have officially partnered with Paradigm Sports Management. Grateful for the support of my family, team, and fans as I continue my professional boxing journey. Big things coming! Stay tuned!”
Back in September, McGregor claimed he will be fighting Pacquiao in the Middle East. He even uploaded a poster, which was later taken down. Pacquiao responded by saying that he has his own company and would fight McGregor on the condition that there is co-promotion.
There are still some hurdles to overcome if Pacquiao vs. McGregor is expected to take place. McGregor is under a UFC contract. If he is to compete in a pro boxing match, it must be approved by UFC officials. It would have to be a process similar to the one for McGregor’s showdown with Floyd Mayweather back in August 2017.
Pacquiao hasn’t competed since July 20, 2019. He defeated Keith Thurman via split decision to become the WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion. As for McGregor, he last fought back in January. He stopped Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds via TKO.