Conor McGregor’s Dustin Poirier loss costs Manny Pacquiao ‘millions of dollars’

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Conor McGregor’s defeat to Dustin Poirier has cost Manny Pacquiao “millions of dollars”.

The Notorious made it two defeats in three fights as he was knocked out by his American rival at UFC 257 last month.

It brought a response from Pacquiao on Twitter delighted for Poirier, with Floyd Mayweather’s former rival reportedly agreeing to take on the Irishman months before his loss.

But WorldBoxingNews have reported that Pacquiao was not smiling when he realised he was also losing out from the defeat.

The 42-year-old’s confirmation to take on McGregor was posted on Twitter by CNN Philippines last year, writing: “Senator and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year, his office confirms.”

And it even saw Pacquiao sign up with Paradigm Sports Management, who also run McGregor’s operation, to keep talks smooth.

The report states that the Filipino fighter would have received an “eight-figure payslip” for taking on the Irishman – who also lost to Mayweather in the American’s last professional fight.

But defeat at the hands of Poirier means that the fight is now unlikely to happen, costing the legendary boxer “millions of dollars”.

Paradigm, though, are doing everything they can to keep the fight alive – and it could mean a return to the Octagon for McGregor.

The 32-year-old is considering a trilogy bout against Poirier and “getting closer” to it, with a victory putting him on the path to Pacquiao.

McGregor already has experience of the boxing ring from his lucrative bout against Mayweather three years ago.

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    It comes as The Notorious has admitted that he may have been looking too far ahead to the Pacquiao fight during the Poirier defeat.

    And the Irishman is now “totally obsessed” with getting back into the Octagon against the American, according to UFC chief Dana White.

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