LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor said he has been in talks to box Manny Pacquiao, and a prominent boxing reporter says the Filipino is interested in the fight.
Business Insider attended Wednesday’s press conference at the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Theater which featured McGregor and Donald Cerrone as they attempted to build interest in their UFC 246 welterweight fight at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.
McGregor mentioned his future plans during the conference, plans which include a return to the boxing ring so he can attempt to improve on his losing record, having been defeated by Floyd Mayweather three years ago.
McGregor said he thought he did well against Mayweather in 2017. “With adjustments, I’d do better. Now I’d take victory.”
Though a chance to fight Mayweather again appears to be a priority, McGregor is also targeting other big-name opponents like the reigning WBO welterweight world champion Pacquiao.
“With Manny Pacquiao, talks have been ongoing,” McGregor said. “An aspiration of mine is to win a boxing world title. It would be a phenomenal feather in the cap and is something I will achieve.”
Before McGregor’s comments, the boxing and MMA reporter at Yahoo Sports, Kevin Iole, posted a mock fight poster of McGregor and Pacquiao on Twitter.
Iole said the poster came from Sean Gibbons, who is Pacquiao’s manager.
—Kevin Iole (@KevinI) January 15, 2020
The poster features Pacquiao and McGregor in front of the Allegiant Stadium, a jet black domed venue still under construction, with a future capacity of 65,000.
“I’m guessing the Senator [Pacquiao] has heard that [McGregor] is interested in fighting him, and is interested [in fighting McGregor],” Iole tweeted.