Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Screengrab from UFC Press Conference


‘Heartbroken’ Conor McGregor no longer hopeful for Manny Pacquiao showdown

Manny Pacquiao, the world’s only eight-division boxing champion, was definitely rooting for Conor McGregor when he went up against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. 

After all, millions of dollars in potential earnings were at stake for Pacquiao if the former two-division UFC World Champion McGregor won the bout in impressive fashion.

“Good luck tonight Conor! Let’s make 2021 the best year ever for fight fans,” tweeted Pacquiao moments before McGregor and Poirier stepped into the Octagon.

Talks between the two camps for the past 12 months all went for naught in less than 10 minutes.

But after two rounds, McGregor suffered a stunning second round knockout loss to Poirier. And as McGregor went down, so did the dream inter-sport bout between the Filipino icon and the Irish superstar.

“Beautiful thing about the fight game, anything can happen,” tweeted Pacquiao, probably in disbelief.

McGregor — who is 32, 22-5 in mixed martial arts, and 0-1 in pro boxing – was pressed about what he thinks the status of his bout with Pacquiao was after the loss.

Though not shying away from it, it felt that McGregor no longer sees it happening in the near future. He admitted during the post-event press conference, “It’s heartbreaking, it’s hard to take. [From] the highest highs and the lowest lows in this game. My leg is completely dead.

“There’s no leg kicks in boxing,” quipped McGregor, as a calf kick by Poirier in the second round jammed his knee and was the prelude to the end.

“I wanted to focus on the MMA career but I’m also… Let’s just see what happens. That Manny fight was happening. It was as good as done. [Now] I don’t know.”

Right now, the only logical fights for McGregor remain in the Octagon – a trilogy bout with either Poirier (27-6-1) or Nate Diaz (20-12).

#ReadMore  Lito Adiwang to compete in 2021 ONE opener Unbreakable

McGregor’s camp will likely not yet announce the decision in the coming weeks since he has to deal with his knee injury first.

“I don’t know. It’s all muscle and deep into the muscle. It’s a dead leg. But it is what it is. Fair play. I should’ve pressed him in the fence and kept pounding on him,” he said.

“Maybe, I’ll switch up my game when me and Dustin face again. I have to go through the disciplines and make the good decisions.”

Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


The Games and Amusements Board is planning to raise an appeal regarding the World Boxing Association’s decision to strip Manny Pacquiao of its super...


Manny Pacquiao has been stripped of his World Boxing Association World Super Welterweight Championship. The WBA declared him as a ‘champion in recess’ for...


Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League’s commitment goes beyond finishing the 2019-21 Chooks-to-Go Lakan Cup. It will open its fourth season on June 12. Senator Manny...


Will the super showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor finally happen in 2021? If it does, it’s a sure-fire hit according to numerous...


Eumir Felix Marcial admits he is feeling some pressure a day before he makes his highly-anticipated ring return. But the thought of winning his...


Two months to the day he began training with world-famous coach Freddie Roach, amateur middleweight standout and 2021 Philippines Olympic team member Eumir Felix...

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3

Chooks-to-Go helped out Senator and boxing icon Sen. Manny Pacquiao in helping lift the spirits of communities affected by disasters and the on-going COVID-19...


Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao enters a different realm to prove that everyone can be legendary. From cementing his legendary status in the boxing...