Coach: Manny Pacquiao Would Obliterate Conor McGregor
Earlier this year Manny Pacquiao signed with Paradigm Sports Management, the home of Conor McGregor. Upon the news, many began to speculate if ‘The Notorious’ could step inside the famous squared circle once again against ‘Pac-Man’.
Another Boxing Crossover
The last time McGregor competed in a boxing match was three years ago on August 26th, 2017 against Floyd Mayweather, where he would lose via tenth round TKO. Even in defeat, the fight was a major success for the Irishman, as he netted the biggest pay day of his career. The event went down as a true spectacle and nearly broke the all time pay-per-view buys record with 4.3 million. The only other fight to top it was the long-awaited match between ‘Money’ and Pacquiao in 2015.
It is safe to say that if a fight between McGregor and Pacquiao ever came to fruition, it would see a lot of similar success. However, speaking with The Manila Times, Manny’s coach Justin Fortune stated that he doesn’t like the idea.
“Why even make that guy rich?” Fortune said of McGregor. “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?”
“Manny will destroy Conor McGregor inside three rounds”
Although McGregor was able to prove some of his nay-sayers wrong with his boxing skills in his the fight with Mayweather and attract attention from others boxers, Fortune believes a potential fight with Pacquiao would be another story entirely.
“Manny will destroy Conor McGregor inside three rounds,” Fortune stated. “He will obliterate him. Too fast and too strong as an amazing fighter. McGregor is nothing.
“I mean, my God, this is boxing; we are boxers. McGregor is an MMA guy, and we can’t do MMA, and he can’t box. That’s very simple.”
The Filipino boxing star has not competed since July of 2019, where he won via split decision against Keith Thurman. Meanwhile, McGregor has ‘retired’ once again. He last competed in January at UFC 246, where he beat ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone via a quick-fire first round TKO.
While Fortune may be against the idea of his man fighting McGregor, Pacquiao himself has expressed his interest in the fight. And despite his current ‘retired’ status, Conor had the MMA and boxing communities speculating earlier this month when he tweeted ‘tinatanggap ko’, which translates to ‘I accept’ in Filipino.
Would you like to see Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor throw down in a boxing ring?