Manny Pacquiao just dropped a major hint over an upcoming fight with Conor McGregor
I know you don't want to, I know you're sick of hearing about it, but I'm going to ask you to revert your minds back to August 26, 2017. After weeks of build-up, after months of trading hints and verbal blows, Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Conor "The Notorious" McGregor finally stepped foot inside the ring and slogged out one of the biggest disappointments in boxing history.
Both fighters had promised to pulverize the other one, claiming that they would knock each other out with ease in the early rounds. However, despite the talk and bravado, the fight was boring. As expected, McGregor came out all guns blazing and quickly ran out of gas, leaving Mayweather to pick him off without ever really breaking a sweat.
But while the fight disappointed on entertainment value, in terms of financial value, the fighters will have gone away feeling pretty happy with themselves. It's widely reported that after all factors have been tallied up, Mayweather and McGregor took home $200 million and $70 million respectively. Unsurprisingly, given the amount of money each fighter can pull, other boxers now want a piece of the pie.
Joe Malignaggi, McGregor's sparring partner in the build-up to the fight, who later turned into a rat, has already challenged the Dubliner. However, while Malignaggi's request was laughed at by most in the fighting circuit, it appears that one legendary boxer has now thrown his hat into the ring: Manny Pacquaio.
Pacquaio has dropped a serious hint that he may be in line for a headline-grabbing fight against Conor McGregor in 2018. The 38-year-old boxer, who was largely regarded as the best in the world for a sustained period of time, lost his WBO welterweight title in July after he was defeated by Jeff Horn via a controversial unanimous decision.
A re-match was supposedly possible, but due to his commitments as a senator of the Philippines, Pacquaio was forced to withdraw.
But it appears the Pacquaio does want to make a return to the world of boxing, and his eyes seem like they're locked in on a mega-money fight with Conor Mcgregor. In a recent post on his Instagram account, Pacquaio urged the Irish fighter to "stay fit" and accompanied the message with the hashtags #realboxingmatch and #2018.
McGregor has taken a step back from combat sports since the Mayweather fight, with the MMA fighter enjoying spending time with his new-born son and his family. He did make a surprise appearance at Bellator 187 earlier this month, where he got involved in a scrap with an MMA official and referee Marc Goddard.
Pacquiao may be eyeing up a spectacular return to the ring, but his trainer Freddie Roach has implored the veteran fighter to retire from the ring.
"I think it’s a good time for him to retire right now,’ Roach told Fighthype after being asked about Miguel Cotto’s decision to quit.
"I kind of wish Manny Pacquiao would follow his lead and retire also.
"Being a professional boxer and a senator at the same time is very difficult.
"He still wants a couple of more fights. He’s doing a good job as a senator right now, but not as a boxer."
If the pair do face off, fans will be hoping for a dramatic bout than McGregor's fight against Floyd Mayweather.