What Does Manny Pacquiao’s Coach Think About Conor McGregor?
The strength and conditioning coach of WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao has some words for Conor McGregor.
McGregor has long expressed interest in continuing his pursuit of boxing. Back on August 26, 2017, McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather in what was called the “Money Fight.” McGregor ended up losing the bout via tenth-round TKO. Still, McGregor has a desire to return to the ring and has even entertained the idea of a showdown with Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, spoke to The Manila Times and questioned why such a bout would even be discussed (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“Why even make that guy rich?” Fortune said. “And it won’t do absolutely nothing for Pacquiao as far as his legacy (is concerned). Remember, this is just my opinion: Manny goes down as the greatest fighter in history when he finishes, because no one has done what he accomplished in boxing.
“Why destroy your legacy for a bum like McGregor?”
Pacquiao hasn’t competed since July 20, 2019. That’s when he captured the WBA (Super) Welterweight Title with his split decision win over Keith Thurman. The victory extended Pacquiao’s winning streak to three. He hasn’t suffered a loss since July 2, 2017.
As for McGregor, he’s gone 1-1 under the UFC banner since his boxing match with Mayweather. The “Notorious” one fought back in January, stopping Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds via TKO. McGregor claims to be retired from MMA competition.
While McGregor would like to box again, it could boil down to what UFC President Dana White wants to do. The UFC boss partnered with Showtime Sports to make Mayweather vs. McGregor a reality three years ago. Whether or not he’s willing to do it again remains to be seen. If McGregor wishes to fight again, no matter which combat sport he wants to dabble into, he’s under contract with the UFC.