‘Southpaw box style’: Conor McGregor says Dustin Poirier fight will help lead into preparation for Manny Pacquiao bout - TheMacLife

‘Southpaw box style’: Conor McGregor says Dustin Poirier fight will help lead into preparation for Manny Pacquiao bout

Conor McGregor has indicated that his proposed rematch with Dustin Poirier will serve as preparation for his boxing match with Manny Pacquiao.

By John Balfe - 13 Oct 2020

After being frustrated in his efforts to compete throughout the course of the last few months, Conor McGregor now seems to have options extending out in front of him.

McGregor detailed his frustration in recent weeks after he was unable to secure a fight with Justin Gaethje prior to the summer which, coupled with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, left him sitting on the sidelines.

Not so for much longer. McGregor extended an invitation to his former opponent Dustin Poirier for a fight towards the end of 2020 which would see the two highly-regarded fighters compete once again after their first meeting in September 2014 —  a fight which McGregor won by first-round TKO.

McGregor has also been heavily linked to a return to the boxing ring against the legendary multiple-time, multiple-weight world champ Manny Pacquaio — and writing on Twitter, McGregor described how fighting Poirier will serve as further preparation for his fight with Pacquiao.

“Correct. Southpaw box style. Continue to sharpen my MMA skills with some tough competition, while leading into my Manny bout preparation,” he wrote.

“It’s not easy going between both sports and then coming back to the one sport again. Just want to keep sharp guys, that’s all. It’s only fair.”

There has been no specific indication yet as to when the McGregor-Poirier rematch will take place but both have indicated that they want the fight to take place in 2020, with McGregor indicating dates in November or December would interest him.

comments