It looks like fight fans won’t be seeing Manny Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor anytime soon.
McGregor took on Dustin Poirier in a rematch on January 23. Their first encounter was held back in September 2014. While McGregor scored the first-round TKO victory in the first matchup, things played out far differently in the rematch.
In the main event of UFC 257, Poirier scored a second-round TKO finish over McGregor. It was the calf kicks of Poirier that led to the “Notorious” one’s demise. Once McGregor’s movement was compromised, Poirier put him away with punches.
McGregor had been angling for a boxing showdown with Pacquiao. He even admitted that he accepted a rematch against Poirier in order to prepare for the southpaw stance.
Speaking to The Sun, Pacquiao’s rep, Sean Gibbons, admitted that he feels the public isn’t clamoring for Pacquiao vs. McGregor as much due to the UFC 257 result.
“Very unfortunate, it looked like Conor looked past Dustin and got knocked out. Maybe he had the Senator on his mind. I think the demand for the fight is not there presently. Conor has some business to clean up and handle in the UFC. It’s a bummer, it could have been fun for as long as it lasted and no leg kicks would have made a world of difference.”
Following his defeat at the hands of Poirier, McGregor said the Pacquiao fight was as good as done before UFC 257. With the loss, it appears Pacquiao is moving on for now. Steve Kim, formerly of ESPN, reports that while Pacquiao vs. Ryan Garcia isn’t a done deal, the bout would be an exhibition if pen can be put to paper.