UFC: What next for Conor McGregor?
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Former UFC star Chael Sonnen believes that Manny Pacquiao had a worse showing in his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather than Conor McGregor did. Both fighters were beaten Mayweather, with Pacquiao becoming his 48th professional win and McGregor his 50th.
Pacquiao was beaten by unanimous decision in his bout with Mayweather, while McGregor was defeated in the tenth round when the referee called the fight.
However, Sonnen believes McGregor outperformed Pacquiao in their respective bouts.
He said: “Pacquiao did much worse with Floyd than Conor did.
“If that’s the only thing we have to compare it to, then let’s do the fight. Manny Pacquiao? One of the best ever?
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“All of those things are true but he’s already done it once and he did it with Floyd, who’s better than Pacquiao.
“I’m just saying, we don’t how good Conor is.”
There had been talk of McGregor facing Pacquiao in a boxing match ahead of the Irishman’s return to MMA at UFC 257.
Speaking ahead of his rematch with Dustin Poirier, McGregor had teased a Pacquiao fight, telling The Mac Life: “I know the talks are intensifying for this year.
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“So I am excited for a Manny Pacquiao bout, and it’s looking like it will take place this year. What time this year, I’m not sure.
“We’re going to have to have some good discussions with Dana and with the guys and the UFC after [UFC 257] and see where it goes, what’s there, what do we want.
“I am open to it all. I am ready for it all.”
However, McGregor was beaten by Poirier in the second round and the Irishman now appears to be focused on securing a trilogy bout with the Diamond.
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the fight is likely to take place in the summer.
Speaking ahead of UFC 258, White said: “They both want it.
“So when you’ve got two guys who want the trilogy as bad as those two do, we try to make it happen.
“It’ll happen this summer.”
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