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Early Preview of Pacquiao vs. McGregor – When Will it Happen and What is at Stake?

| September 29, 2020 3:30 am PDT
| Last Updated On December 9, 2020 at 9:45 am
Early Betting Preview Manny Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor

Ever since Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao announced their intention to get it on inside a boxing ring, combat sports fans have been firing off questions like they were going out of fashion.

Questions such as “Will McGregor fight Pacquiao?” Or “When will McGregor fight Pacquiao?” We’ve heard “How much money will McGregor make fighting Pacquiao?” As well as “Will McGregor beat Pacquiao?” And pretty much every other variant of those queries that you can think of. It’s been relentless.

But I guess that’s what happens when the UFC’s biggest star and one of the greatest boxers of the past 40 years say they want to fight. Something like this is bound to attract a lot of attention.

Today, I’m going to try my best to answer as many of the questions above as I can. Why not join me as I take a quick look at this potential money-spinner that is being touted for as early as 2021 in the Middle East.

Now, if you’re looking to bet on Pacquiao vs. McGregor, head over to my Pacquiao vs. McGregor betting guide for the latest odds, bets, news, and views. But if you want a snapshot of what to expect in this fight, read on.

Hey, I’ll even share those odds with you now.

Opening Odds for McGregor vs. Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao to Win-450
Conor McGregor to Win+325

The oddsmakers at Bovada were quick to publish their Pacquiao vs. McGregor odds as soon as both men indicated interest in the fight.

The odds for Pacquiao to beat McGregor, unsurprisingly, make him a clear favorite to win. The WBA (Super) welterweight titlist is -450 to McGregor’s +325, and I expect his odds to shrink the closer we get to fight night.

Make no mistake, “PacMan” deserves to be the favorite in this fight. On paper, he wins this fight comfortably.

Moving on. There are understandable questions regarding how likely this fight is to happen. But what I want to answer is why it should happen at all. I mean, who saw this coming?

Pacquiao vs. McGregor – Why This Fight?

There is no tangible animosity between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor. As far as I am aware, they not competing for the same goals. They’re not even competing for titles in the same sport!

International relations between the Philippines and Ireland haven’t taken any dramatic downturn recently, nor has McGregor attacked any friends of “PacMan” with a dolly. There is nothing to suggest that this fight has anything to do with career aspirations or personal vendettas.

Money, on the other hand? Well, there is plenty of that to be made from a fight between Pacquiao and MMA’s money man. Both men will be reviewing the financial success of Mayweather vs. McGregor and that’s all the motivation they need to lace up gloves.

The full details are unknown, as it seems both parties are in the early days of discussions. So we don’t know a date or venue. And with the current global situation, it’s likely that any plans that are being put together will be tentative.

But here’s something you might have actually forgotten. Before McGregor fought Mayweather in August 2017, there was talk of the Irishman taking on Manny Pacquiao. In fact, Pacquiao had indicated that he was up for the moneyspinner back then. When it failed to materialize the first time, I put it down to McGregor using a potential fight with the Filipino megastar as leverage at the negotiation tables, as that seemed most likely.

What’s to say that this isn’t a similar tactic to get his own way with the UFC?

Well, we can’t say for certain that it is another ruse. But given McGregor’s claim that UFC President Dana White has ‘been involved’ in talks with Pacquiao’s representatives,  it feels as though things could happen.

Check out that this tweet from McGregor, below.

Can McGregor Beat Pacquiao?

In MMA rules? Pacquiao would likely be dominated by McGregor. That’s his domain, and his skill set is just far too comprehensive for even a great boxer to take to the Octagon and challenge him. Pac-Man would have a puncher’s chance, and nothing more.

But inside the ropes? He would be entering Pacquiao’s domain and trying to better a fighter with a more refined and natural set of weapons. In this scenario, McGregor has a puncher’s chance, and nothing more.

Now, I know that there will be some observers keen to point out that McGregor went ten rounds with Mayweather. That he did. But watch the fight again, and ask yourself if “Money” carried him through those rounds for the sake of the spectacle. Then point out a time when McGregor hurt the boxing legend.

I think you’ll find that Mayweather had ultimate control of the fight, and was never in any danger. You could say that Mayweather, as a defensive fighter, was better equipped to deal with the Irishman’s onslaught. But by that same token, should McGregor have been knocked out by a fighter who had scored just three stoppages — one of them against Victor Ortiz who had his hands down at the time — in 12 years?

Pacquiao might not have the same knockout ratio as he did the mid to late 2000s. But one thing is for sure — he packs hella more power than Floyd.

Will McGregor beat Pacquiao? I don’t think so. But if you do, put your money where your mouth is over at the top boxing sportsbooks.

Final Words on Pacquiao vs. McGregor

Let’s just say these are my final words, for now. I’ll be back at a later date with the latest on Pacquiao vs. McGregor when it happens.

I’m really keen to see how this one develops. Both men look interested in cashing in on their superstar status, so a super fight between the boxing legend and the UFC’s biggest star is not exactly something that would be too surprising.

Yes, Pacquiao is approaching his final days as a fighter. But a giant payday would mean that he could, at the least, entertain the thoughts of hanging up his gloves earlier than anticipated. McGregor might even sail off into the sunset if he earns even half of the reported $100 million he bagged after the Mayweather fight.

Let’s see what happens!

Pacquiao vs. McGregor News and Updates

  • December 8: Manny Pacquiao is a potential opponent for Errol Spence’s next title defense. This could play a part in a fight between Pacquiao and McGregor being delayed.
Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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