The fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor is imminent if the mixed martial artist were to be believed.
But Pacquiao’s camp said they only have his interests at heart.
This was in response to the revelation of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star about an ongoing fight negotiation against the Filipino ring icon.
While the fighting senator’s camp did not deny nor confirm McGregor’s claim, international matchmaker and MP Promotion President Sean Gibbons said they were not closing any possibilities that may arise regarding the possible face off between Pacquiao and the former UFC champion this year.
“If someone wanted to [fight] the Senator, why not? Conor is a good boxer. But right now, the Senator is still concentrating on the best 147-pounders in the world,” Gibbons told The Manila Times in an online interview on Wednesday.
“Just looking for the best business for the Senator,” he added.
Gibbons clarified though that this was the first time he heard of McGregor’s claim.
“I am not sure what this is all about. First, I had [never] heard of this,” he said.
McGregor, 31, who held the UFC featherweight and lightweight belts, revealed on Tuesday to reporter Ariel Helwani in his ESPN MMA show posted on YouTube that a fight with the eight-division world champion is bound to happen soon.
“We’re actually close to signing Manny. There was an offer made on that, yeah, just not yet. [It’s going to happen] very much so,” added McGregor, who confidently said that he would win a world boxing championship soon.
“I’m going to get a boxing title soon.”
McGregor’s lone professional boxing engagement was on Aug. 26, 2017, when he lost by 10th round technical knockout decision to a retired and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But the Irish said he would beat Mayweather in a rematch this time.
“The only reason I lost that bout is I prepared for a back-footed style of opponent, and he came forward and start pressing and I wasn’t sinking into my shots. I know I will beat Floyd when we rematch,” he explained.
McGregor will be meeting Donald Cerrone on Sunday.