A fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor is nowhere close to being made and it is definitely not going to happen in Saudi Arabia, according to UFC president Dana White.
Talks of a potential showdown between the pair erupted last weekend when both camps confirmed that they are negotiating for a fight to happen next year.
In a now-deleted tweet, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight world champion even teased a poster between him and Pacquiao indicating that the fight would take place in Saudi Arabia. Such claim is false and he almost got into legal trouble for it, says White.
“I don’t know if you just saw, but the Saudis went after Conor, basically said you better take that [out], that’s a lie that fight [with Manny Pacquiao] is happening and you better take that down in the next 15 minutes or we’re going to sue you,” White told Spinnin Backfist.
“He took it down. You don’t see the poster anymore about him and Pacquiao that he had posted.”
McGregor, 32, has an exclusive contract with the UFC and will have to get clearance from his promotion to fight Pacquiao like he did when he took on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017.
He last fought against Donald Cerrone last January in the main event of UFC 246 where he won via technical knockout in the first round.
And since a showdown with Pacquiao seems to be far from reality, at least for now, White has offered the Irish superstar a surefire match inside the octagon against a familiar foe.
“He called out (Dustin) Poirier for a fight with Conor in Dublin for charity. So we offered them both a fight. We offered Dustin and Conor a fight so we’re waiting to hear back from both of them.” – JM Siasat/RC, GMA News