McGregor-Pacquiao exhibition next year?

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    AMERICAN Paradigm Sports Management chief Audie Attar, who has promotional contracts with Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor and Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, has assured sports fans that both ring warriors will have an exhibition boxing clash next year.

    “Conor has a fight on Jan. 23 against Justin Poirier. He’s gonna be handling business against Dustin first, but Conor’s come out and said he wants to fight Manny. Manny’s come out and said he wants to fight Conor ,” Attar said in an article written by the New York Post’s Mollie Walker that was posted on the US tabloid’s website yesterday.

    “As I’ve stated publicly before, we’ve had conversations. That is a fight we’re definitely going to make because both fighters want it, and there seems to be interest from the fans all around the world,” the former National Football League player added.

    The stumbling block to the potential Pacquiao-McGregor blockbuster, the article noted, was that the controversial Irish MMA star still has a contract with UFC whose president, Dana White, has not been keen on the idea.

    White was actively involved in the exhibition clash held on Aug. 26, 2017 at the packed T-Mobile Arena between McGregor and unbeaten world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who came away with a 10th-round technical knockout victory.

    The much-hyped ring spectacle went down as the second-most lucrative pay-per-view match in the world, netting $55 million at the gate while generating 4.3 million buys on PPV. Only the Pacquiao-Mayweather clash in 2015 generated higher figures.

    Meanwhile, former Mexican world champ Erik Morales, who figured in a memorable trilogy with Pacquiao in the early 2000s, said the fighting Filipino lawmaker should avoid fighting boxers younger than him and in their prime. His views were stated in an article by JJ Wrigther posted on the nowboxing.com yesterday.