LAS VEGAS – Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum is willing to do what it takes to make a possible fight happen between eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
The crossover fight between boxing and MMA first surfaced in May of the previous year, when McGregor and retired undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. first began dropping respective hints on social media. Talks became louder as months passed, with Mayweather claiming that he offered McGregor $50 million to make a fight happen in New Year’s Eve of 2016.
So far, there has been a struggle for both parties to meet in the middle in terms of negotiations. While the idea of the said fight is currently shelved, Pacquiao himself made his intentions known, stating that he was willing to fight McGregor in a boxing match.
For his part, “The Notorious” was accepting of the idea, stating that he could fight “Pacman” instead if the Mayweather fight fails to happen. UFC president Dana White, however, is unwilling to work with Arum, who is also Pacquiao’s chief promoter.
Arum issued his response to White in a recent interview. According to the 84-year-old boxing promoter, he is willing to step aside just to make the said fight happen. He also believes that it would be an “easy fight” for Pacquiao, as it will be for all boxers who would fight McGregor strictly under boxing rules.
McGregor has been confident with his boxing skills, since he started off as an amateur boxer in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. In December, he was also able to successfully obtain a boxing license in the state of California.
As logic dictates, crossing over to another combat sport would put the fighter in transition to a great disadvantage. While making a deal with Manny Pacquiao could be less complicated compared to a deal with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., should Conor McGregor continue with this idea of fighting in a boxing match?