Manny Pacquiao reveals initial talks to fight Conor McGregor

Manny Pacquiao has revealed that preliminary talks have taken place regarding a possible bout with Conor McGregor in 2018.

“If we can negotiate it, I have no problem. It is OK with both of us,” Pacquiao told AFP Friday.

UFC superstar McGregor made a high-profile switch to the boxing ring in August, when he was stopped in the 10th round by pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas.

Last month, UFC president Dana White expressed doubts over whether McGregor would ever return to the octagon, and it seems the Irishman will not be short of options if he decides to box again.

Paulie Malignaggi, who sparred with McGregor in the lead-up to the Mayweather fight, before the pair had a falling out, has also expressed his interest in a showdown.

Last month, Pacquiao appeared to hint at a possible McGregor contest, tweeting a picture of the Irishman along with the caption: “Happy Thanksgiving @TheNotoriousMMA Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018”.

Asked by AFP if there had been any talks between the two camps, the Filipino replied: “Initially, but we have not yet had any follow-up conversations.”

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