Manny Pacquiao vs Conor McGregor ruled out, Floyd Mayweather a target
Jayke Joson staged a news conference earlier this week to discuss the ongoing situation regarding eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Attending the gathering was Pacquiao’s business manager Arnold Vegafria, who faced questions on possible bouts with Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Rumors had been rife that Pacquiao would fight McGregor due to ongoing social media posts and comments by the UFC star.
They were intensified when Pacquiao signed for the same management company earlier this month. The ‘Pacman’ inked with Paradigm Sports.
According to Vegafria, Pacquiao vs McGregor is unlikely to happen in 2020.
“With a possible fight against (Conor) McGregor, because they now have the same company, so there’s definitely a big chance. Next year, (though). That’s next year,” Vegafria told a room full of journalists including The Manila Times.
Asked about Mayweather, Vegafria remained hopeful Super-Fight II could get over the line but would settle for McGregor.
“Who’s the best big mega bout? It’s either McGregor or (Floyd) Mayweather is available for the senator. If ever the fight against Mayweather doesn’t happen, at least we have another one which is McGregor.
“So they are in the same company so there’s a possibility that it will happen.”
On whether a deal with PSM means Pacquiao leans towards working with McGregor on future ventures, rather than Mayweather Promotions, he replied: “Senator Manny Pacquiao’s former agreements do not legally bind him in such a way as to prevent him from pursuing certain fights with other promoters.
“The previous agreement has no impact on the ability of Paradigm Sports to negotiate on behalf of Senator Manny Pacquiao going forward.
“Manny is now represented by Paradigm Sports Management, who are actively negotiating his future fight options.”
Fans would love to see Mayweather vs Pacquiao II at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas later this year. Especially now that McGregor is on the backburner.
Pacquiao also has several options open to him at PBC, with the likes of Errol Spence Jr. and a rematch with Keith Thurman joining Danny Garcia in the queue.
More information is expected from Team Pacquiao on the WBN Fighter of the Year’s future in the coming weeks.