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Conor McGregor says he wants 'MMA next' instead of boxing

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Domingo Copeland | 17 December, 2017, 02:09

Tagged the "Fight of the Century" the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout took over six years in negotiations but eventually failed to live up to the hype with the Filipino southpaw nursing an injury.

Conor was out with his baby mama Dee Devlin in NYC when he was asked about his fighting future - and rumors he's hammering out a deal to box Manny Pacquiao.

When pressed to elaborate, he responded, "MMA next", essentially killing any chance of a McGregor-Pacquiao bout. Mayweather vs. McGregor fell approximately 300k buys short of breaking the record set by 2015's contest between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

According to the statement from Showtime sports, the Mayweather-McGregor fight generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This would be another big money fight for him.

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UFC President Dana White downplayed those comments and said if they were true he planned to file a lawsuit against the eight-division world champion and his promoters.

Questions surrounding when, and what sport, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor would return to have been running rampant for the last several months. He has not fought in the Octagon since November 2016, and he has never defended a UFC championship.

"I think a true fight is what I want to do next", he said, adding, "MMA next".

The biggest money, however, would nearly certainly be a trilogy-completing bout with Nate Diaz, who remains the only man to have defeated McGregor in the UFC.

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