UFC’s Dana White refutes Conor McGregor-Manny Pacquiao rumors

Updated December 10, 2017 - 12:59 am

So much for the rumored negotiations of a boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and UFC star Conor McGregor.

UFC president Dana White fired back at a report last week that indicated Pacquiao’s camp has reached out to McGregor as one of several possible opponents for his return to the ring in April.

“That would be weird, because (McGregor’s) under contract with us,” White said during the postfight news conference after UFC Fight Night 123 on Saturday in Fresno, California. “If that’s true, I will be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever is representing him.

“So I’m assuming it’s not true.”

White allowed McGregor to step out of his contract for a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, one of the most lucrative fights in combat sports history.

The UFC received a hefty sum for the bout.

Apparently, White still sees it as a one-time deal. He told reporters last week at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas that he’s not sure McGregor will fight again, but if he does it will be in the UFC.

McGregor recently said he was weighing all options and now considers himself the biggest star in both sports.

McGregor still holds the UFC lightweight title. White expects him to defend the belt against interim champ Tony Ferguson upon his return, though Ferguson underwent elbow surgery and is out indefinitely.

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