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Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020

Conor McGregor Responds to Dustin Poirier’s Theory Rematch is to Prepare For Manny Pacquiao

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By FCF Staff

It’s not clear whether the UFC would let Conor McGregor box Manny Pacquiao in 2021, but the star’s confirmed Dustin Poirier’s theory plans for their rematch are to prepare for the boxing match.

Not long ago McGregor claimed on Twitter that he is going to fight Pacquiao next, and his management reported talks were underway to make the bout happen. More recently, however, McGregor has relayed he’s willing to rematch Poirier, provided the UFC schedules the fight for 2020.

Recently Poirier was a guest on “The Fight” with Teddy Atlas, and while discussing the ongoing talks for his rematch with McGregor, the lightweight said this (quotes via MMA Junkie).

“Going back to why I think he wants this fight, it’s because he’s angling to fight Pacquiao. That was in the news,” Poirier said. “So I don’t know if the UFC wants him to fight one more time before they allow him to fight Pacquiao or if he just wants to get one more this year before starting next year with the Pacquiao fight, but what better way to do it against another southpaw?

“I think that might be his mind set. He wants to fight another southpaw before he fights another southpaw. I don’t know what’s going on, but I think that’s what the alignment is.”

Since then, McGregor responded with this tweet.

Correct. Southpaw box style. Continue to sharpen my MMA skills with some tough competition, while leading into my Manny bout preparation.
It’s not easy going between both sports and then coming back to the one sport again.
Just want to keep sharp guys, that’s all. It’s only fair.

McGregor and Poirier fought for the first time back in 2014, and the latter lost the fight via first-round, stoppage.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:42 am
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