Manny Pacquiao says he will take Floyd Mayweather’s place if the boxer decides against a fight with Conor McGregor
With a lot of hype surrounding the possibility of a bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, another boxing star has thrown his name into the hat.
According to Fox Sports through Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report, if a fight between McGregor and Mayweather never winds up happening, Manny Pacquiao himself will take Mayweather’s spot, as long as it’s on his terms.
“In boxing? In boxing [I would fight McGregor] but not in [UFC], just boxing,” Pacquiao said.
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— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 13, 2017
Although rumors had existed for awhile about Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor squaring off against each other, Dana White made an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and offered the fighters a healthy sum of money to actually bring merit to the situation.
Manny Pacquiao feels the same way most people do (and should). If the bout between Mayweather and McGregor happened in the boxing ring, Mayweather would be the one to have his hand raised when the dust settled, and the opposite if it was to happen in the UFC octagon.
“I didn’t see [footage of Conor sparring],” Pacquiao said via FOX Sports. “But if we are talking about Conor McGregor and boxing, it’s different. Boxing is different than MMA.”
So, what was the numbered offered?
As seen in the video above, White offered $25 million to each fighter. Although that may seem like a large amount of money, Mayweather was looking for a guaranteed $100 million to make the fight happen.
The large difference between what Mayweather is looking for and the original offer by White makes all the hoopla of seeing a fight between arguably the two best athletes in their respective sports a far-fetched fantasy.
If McGregor is just looking to get in the ring against a boxing professional, then a fight between himself and Manny Pacquiao would have a better chance of happening, as Pacquiao would take the $25 million offered with a smile on his face.