Predictions on a Potential Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao Boxing Match

Predictions on a Potential Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao Boxing Match

In case you spent the past weekend living down under Fraggle Rock, I’m sure you’ve heard that the Mac is back, baby!

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor blew the roof off of the T-Mobile Arena at UFC 246 this Saturday on the Las Vegas Strip. It took the Irishman just 40 whole seconds to TKO Donald Cowboy Cerrone, and just like Frank said, he did it his way.

Even though C-Mac was a heavy favorite by fight time, there were still sillies out there saying all that he had in his mixed martial arts arsenal was a straight left hand.

Yea, about that… He did come out firing that Luciferian left hand immediately. Cowboy shot under it with somewhat of a double leg takedown but since it got on him so fast, Cerrone’s arms never really grapevined Conor’s legs.

From there, it was some very solid shoulder bumps as Cerrone attempted to push McGregor back to the cage.

Then, as soon as they broke the clinch, C-Mac ever so slightly faked a twitchy straight left, and immediately followed it up with a head kick on the same side.

Cerrone slipped what he thought was a left hand and ate a head kick. Only the toes really hit him but it was timed so well and he moved right into it. That hurt Cowboy severely and McGregor was on him with big punches like a fly on spit.

In the post-fight interview, Joe Rogan probed Conor for the answer we all want to know. Who is next? Khabib maybe? No, Conor doesn’t want to wait 6 months or more to get inside the Octagon again.

The cameras kept panning to Jorge Masvidal who looked like he was 4 numbers deep on the Powerball but McGregor didn’t show his hand.

Immediately after the fight, Floyd Mayweather posted a poster of himself and McGregor with the headline “Mayweather McGregor 2 2020”. Oh so, Floyd is the next opponent?

Not so fast. Immediately following that, he posted the same generic shot of him and current UFC Lightweight Champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

But that’s not all!

Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao?!

Before Conor and Cowboy threw down, albeit rather briefly, Manny Pac-Man Pacquiao took to social media to show his support for Mystic Mac with a simple “The Notorious” tweet.

Also, one of Manny’s close business partners put up a poster of him and McGregor standing in front of the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas.

I believe that Conor wants to fight Mayweather again but I don’t think he should underestimate the amount of pay per view buys the fight would get throughout Asia and the rest of the world.

Maybe it’s just me, but 80 or 100 million seems all the same. I would be fairly content with either payday.

Who does Conor McGregor match up better with, though?

That’s an interesting question.

Of course, the Irishman will be a massive underdog in each fight but styles still make fights in boxing as well.

Well, we can start with the first boxing match with Money Mayweather. Conor is built for speed, not endurance and The Money Team knew that.

They have put together plenty of game plans for Floyd and many others when they fought twitchy power punchers with too much sugar in the gas tank. Twitchy power puncher… Hmm…

Pac-Man comes to mind and Floyd had him played like a Houston Astros opposing pitcher in October.

I do believe, though, that McGregor would have a better shot at beating Manny Pacquiao than Mayweather. Not that Manny isn’t an intelligent fighter but he isn’t a counter puncher.

Floyd is. Conor is. Floyd is better or at least he was the night they fought.

Manny is an aggressive fighter; always has been and always will be.

The Filipino icon is approaching his 42nd birthday, though, and as amazing as he has looked in his last couple of bouts, his hand speed has to be slowing down.

As long as Conor shows up in shape, he shouldn’t have too much trouble with the power and volume of Manny.

His length is superior and his reflexes are just incomparable.

McGregor is the significantly bigger man than Pacquiao and the two athletes would have to come to a mutual agreement on a catchweight.

Please Note:

Manny stands 5’5” and his professional career started with a fight at 106 pounds! He has gone up and down over the length of his career with success at several weight classes but has done his best work at and around 147 pounds.

Conor is currently walking around north of 170. I would say he probably has 15 pounds on Manny if each man were to step on the scale today. That’s a significant difference.

There were some betting odds released on this one but have recently been taken down. If this fight does indeed come to fruition, we will be picking according to value.

Under 8.5 rounds for (-110) sounds nice. Come on UFC online sportsbooks. Make it happen.

McGregor is such a lethal counter fighter that I think he would catch Pacquiao clean a few times.

If Manny can take some, though, which except for one giant faceplant, he always has, I think their fight will look a lot like MayMac did in the final two rounds.

Conor gasses and Manny pours it on. Both men go home even more filthy rich and Floyd licks his chops.

Pick: Pacquiao

In Conclusion

Hey, the UFC just got really exciting. There’s talk of Zuffa Boxing partnering with Mayweather Promotions for some incredibly interesting matchups.

Dana White was a boxing promoter before he got into this whole mixed martial arts thing and has expressed interest in doing it again.

I think Manny will be the next boxer Conor faces. It may be his next fight too because if you think about it from a strategic point of view for McGregor, it would make sense to box now and fight MMA later in 2020.

He’s going to need all the slow-twitch muscle fibers he has to defend some more Khabib takedowns.

So, fight Manny next. Lose. Get paid. Hire a few grizzly bears in preparation for a rematch with Nurmagomedov. Then, Floyd and Manny can rematch by year’s end as well. Everybody wins!

Mayweather is always the A-side as he says so I expect him to wait patiently on the winner.

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.

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