Former heavyweight boxing Legend George Foreman thinks that Conor McGregor could beat Manny Pacquiao in a boxing match and wants him to quit MMA and focus on Boxing completely.
Conor McGregor’s return to mixed martial arts (MMA) didn’t quite go as planned for him after he was knocked out by Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 earlier this year on “Fight Island,” giving him his second defeat in last three fights.
Despite the setback, “Notorious” isn’t giving up on his quest to regain the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title, though there are some in the combat world who feel the former champ-champ should just give up the MMA scene and focus on Boxing.
But after he was knocked out by Dustin Poirier on his return to the UFC in January, plans for a mega-money boxing match with PacMan were shelved. McGregor, 32, is now instead of focusing on revenge against Poirier, 32, who he previously beat in 2014, with the two lined up for a trilogy bout in the summer.
George Foreman says Conor Mcgregor should focus on Boxing
In the lead-up to Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2, the Irishman has said it was to help him prepare to fight Pacquiao. Poirier, like Pacquiao, is a southpaw and the Irishman thought their styles were similar. However, the fight did not go McGregor’s way and it is now likely that he will continue in MMA.
Yet, for George Foreman, he believes McGregor shouldn’t worry about the trilogy and instead switch to boxing to fight Pacquiao. The former heavyweight champion believes the Irishman would do well against Pacquiao and thinks he would win the fight.
“It’s hard for McGregor to accept it but he’s a better puncher than he is in MMA,” Foreman said to the Daily Star about Conor McGregor boxing Pacquiao. “I’d rather see him in boxing matches now. I think if he fights with Pacquiao he can beat him – good rules, over 10 rounds, McGregor can beat him. He’s already adjusted to boxing, he’s not going to do good in MMA anymore. Pacquiao is very good as a matter of fact, but McGregor can beat him in a boxing match.”
After Conor lost to Poirier via second-round TKO, however, interest in the matchup has declined.
“It looked like Conor looked past Dustin and got knocked out,” Manny Pacquiao’s manager Sean Gibbons told The Sun. “Maybe he had the Senator on his mind. I think the demand for the fight is not there presently. Conor has some business to clean up and handle in the UFC,” he added. “It’s a bummer, it could have been fun for as long as it lasted.”
Pacquiao is set to have an exhibition bout against Ryan Garcia and Conor is back in training for his next MMA bout which is most likely to be the trilogy with Dustin Poirier.
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