Manny Pacquiao vs Conor McGregor (© Joe Camporeale © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Manny Pacquiao signs with Conor McGregor’s management

Could this be a step towards another boxing super fight?

The idea of a Conor McGregor – Manny Pacquiao fight just got more likely.

In the main event at UFC 246, fans around the world beheld the triumphant return of Conor McGregor. He defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via first round TKO and was once again back in the MMA spotlight. With such a quick finish, the immediate question that arose was: What’s next?

Both before and after the fight, the prospect of a boxing fight with world champ Manny Pacquiao was brought up. While open to the idea, McGregor didn’t commit to to a bout with the boxer being his next fight. While he still hasn’t spoken out about it, the likelihood of it happening just increased.

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Paradigm Management, who have McGregor under contract, recently signed Pacquiao. Audie Attar, head of Paradigm, took to Twitter earlier this week to announce the signing.

“Incredibly proud to announce that @ParadigmSM is officially representing Manny Pacquiao,” Attar wrote on social media. “I’d like to thank everyone involved in this, including our partners Arnold, Ping, Atty Brando, Jayke and the rest of Team Pacquiao back in Manila. Cannot wait to work together.”

McGregor was quick to welcome the boxing champion to Paradigm. “Welcome to the team Emmanuel,” McGregor wrote on Twitter.

Despite being 41, Pacquiao remains one of the best boxers in the world. Currently he sits on a three fight winning streak, including an impressive victory over Adrien Broner. His last bout was a July 2019 decision victory over Keith Thurman.

UFC president Dana White has said that McGregor will be awarded the next title shot at lightweight. As of now, reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 248 on April 18th. However, there is no guarantee of a quick turnaround for the winner. With McGregor barely haven taken damage in the Cerrone fight, he may not want to sit out.

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