Manny Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor – Fool me once

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Esther Lin

News that Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor could meet in a Middle Eastern match-up has been greeted largely with groans on the boxing side.

Pacquiao vs. McGregor is reportedly almost agreed after Floyd Mayweather decided against a ‘Pacman’ rematch.

As WBN first reported, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao II was the first choice for Middle Eastern investors. Mayweather hasn’t made a move on the option, though.

The situation leaves Pacquiao and McGregor free to begin the groundwork for a Pay Per View clash that will excite all expect knowledgable boxing fans.

The truth is, McGregor has simply no chance to win, not even a puncher’s chance to win, as stated before, his Mayweather clash in 2017.

Mayweather proved that McGregor is out of his depth. The Irishman utterly cannot compete with the top stars inside a boxing ring.

His game is UFC, which isn’t the same, I’m afraid. No amount of amateur boxing experience could prepare McGregor for either Mayweather or Pacquiao.

McGregor found it tough enough to get anywhere near Mayweather. Therefore, with Pacquiao having significantly more speed than Mayweather, McGregor truly has no chance.

Boxing won’t buy it. That’s a fact, as we already know the outcome. We didn’t even need the Mayweather blueprint to see that fact.

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Three years ago, 5.1 million purchased the Mayweather vs. McGregor event, which was more memorable for the press conferences than the fight. And they were free!

My best memory from the whole debacle was a catchy song from an Irish singer that went viral.

It’s going to be a tough sell to get anywhere near that tally. However, it’s an encounter that can do a profitable business.


For me, fooled once into purchasing a boxing match featuring Conor McGregor, I certainly won’t be fooled again.

The man is a showman, a fighting man, and has put UFC on the map. But he cannot box to a high standard and will be roundly dominated by a superb Pacquiao.

Those are the bare truths of the matter. And why Mayweather vs. Pacquiao II would have been the better option.

Bookmakers are already taking bets on McGregor at 7/1 to beat Pacquiao. Proof alone that at 1/12 on, Pacquiao will win this fight hands down, possibly literally.

Phil Jay is Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.