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Manny Pacquiao confirms talks have begun for megafight with Conor McGregor

Mayweather McGregor Conor Mc Gregor during his debut pro boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr Christian Petersen Getty
Domingo Copeland | 10 December, 2017, 05:30

However, those talks appeared to break down when it emerged that Diaz was looking to leverage the record-breaking pay-per-view numbers his two fights with Conor McGregor generated previous year by demanding a $15 million payout for his next fight.

The native of Ireland made his pro boxing debut in August - a 10th-round TKO loss to retired champion Floyd Mayweather - that reportedly netted him $100 million. When asked if he did, the 38-year-old said, "Initially, but we have not yet had any follow-up conversations".

"I think we'll give him a fight against a top welterweight where we're confident or hope that Manny will be successful and then have him fight the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford victor in the fall", he said. "It is OK with both of us".

Last month, Pacquiao dropped some heavy hints about a showdown with McGregor, posting a message to him on Twitter and Instagram, saying: "Happy Thanksgiving!" "Stay fit my friend", Pacquaio wrote in the caption.

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The Filipino superstar also said that no follow up talks have taken place, but clearly he's interested in boxing McGregor. He lost in 10 rounds.

Pacquiao, the only boxer to win titles in eight weight classes, lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn in July and hasn't fought since. Their last meeting was at UFC 202 in August 2016, with McGregor winning by majority decision.

He stressed that McGregor is just one of many possible opponents when he returns to the ring for the first time since his defeat to Horn.

"It depends who they can finalize as my opponent by April", Pacquiao said.

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