Despite Dustin Poirier’s loss at UFC 257, Conor McGregor could still face Manny Pacquiao.

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Despite Dustin Poirier’s loss at UFC 257, Conor McGregor could still face Manny Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor could fight later this year.

Following his shocking defeat to Dustin Poirier last month, UFC star Conor McGregor’s immediate plans appear to be in shambles. The Irishman was generally expected to win his first fight in over a year, but he was knocked out in emphatic fashion inside two rounds, with Poirier completely ripping up the script.

McGregor was unable to deal with his opponent’s crippling leg kicks in the early parts of the fight, eventually succumbing to a barrage of unanswered blows by the conclusion of the second round.

Many predicted that the bout would serve as a warm-up for a major rematch between McGregor and retired lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, or possibly pave the road for the Dublin native to face Manny Pacquiao in a boxing comeback.

During the build-up to UFC 257, the Filipino veteran proclaimed his ambition to fight McGregor in the ring, a gesture that was reciprocated by the 32-year-old.

Despite the fact that his loss to Poirier has all but ruled out a rematch with Khabib, McGregor could still fight Pacquiao in the four-sided ring, according to World Boxing News.

Despite the unfavorable result last month, Paradigm Sports, the management organization that manages both boxers, could rekindle plans to stage a crossover battle, according to the article.

On Sunday, Paradigm posted a Twitter statement suggesting that Pacquiao will compete in ‘early 2021,’ with further specifics to be forthcoming soon.

It’s unclear whether the eight-division world champion will fight McGregor or someone else.

Another name that has come up in recent weeks is American boxer Ryan Garcia, who said on Instagram last month that a fight with Pacquiao is in the works.

The rumors were quickly debunked by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Eric Gomez, who represents Garcia, potentially allowing McGregor to fight Pacquiao.

Gomez told ESPN, “There’s nothing to comment about there.” “They [Pacquiao’s team] approached us, but there’s nothing to discuss,” says the source. That war will not take place.”

In the aftermath of McGregor’s loss last month, Pacquiao chastised the Irishman for not taking Poirier seriously after winning their first fight in 2014.

Within the first three rounds, McGregor knocked out his opponent. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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