Manny Pacquiao warned against fighting Conor McGregor in next bout

Manny Pacquiao has been warned “nobody cares” about a potential 2021 bout with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

The 42-year-old, eight-division world champion, missed out on two fights last year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pacquaio was scheduled to fight Mikey Garcia and Terrence Crawford in 2020, but both were cancelled, leaving him on the search for a big-money fight.

McGregor has just one fight in the boxing ring, losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr four years ago.

The two are believed to have held initial talks, with Pacquaio suggesting that he would prefer a fight with the Notorious, over one with Crawford or Errol Spence.

"They're (Spence and Crawford) my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA [mixed martial artist]," he said.

"I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino Covid-19 victims."

The Irishman’s manager Audie Auttar recently claimed the fight was “inevitable” this year, with both fighters keen for it to take place.

"I definitely believe it's inevitable for 2021; both fighters want it, that's the key," Attar told Dubai radio.

"You can't make something happen or orchestrate it or choreograph it – which is the buzzword of this interview – you can't fake that.

"If one side wants it and the other doesn't, it's not going to happen. But when both fighters want that fight to happen, why wouldn't it happen?

"If the fans want to see it – that almost guarantees that it's going to happen, right? As there's enough interest to develop something there."

Undefeated Errol Spence is keen to take on Pacquaio, particularly after the pound-for-pound legend said he was “too slow” to contend with him.

And with speculation swirling about a potential McGregor Pacquaio meeting, Spence posted on Twitter : “Nobody care bout none of that."

Despite Spence’s claim, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has added an extra motivation for McGregor – hinting he could be in line for a title shot with a win.

“I would say, he needs to face and defeat a ranked fighter, then he would be eligible to be ranked and to compete for a title,” Sulaiman told Sun Sport.

“Conor has a mixed martial arts resume, so if he comes into boxing and wins a fight against a ranked fighter, he would be eligible to be ranked.”

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