Conor McGregor said he's in talks to box Manny Pacquiao, and a prominent boxing reporter says the Filipino is interested

Photos by John Locher / Isaac Brekken / AP ImagesManny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor.

LAS VEGAS – Conor McGregor said he has been in talks to box Manny Pacquiao, and a prominent boxing reporter said the Filipino is interested in the fight.

Business Insider attended Wednesday’s press conference at the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Theatre for McGregor and Donald Cerrone to build interest in their UFC 246 welterweight fight at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

McGregor mentioned that his plans included a return to the boxing ring to improve on his losing record, having been defeated by Floyd Mayweather three years ago.

McGregor said he thought he did well against Mayweather in 2017. “With adjustments, I’d do better,” he said. “Now I’d take victory.”

Though fighting Mayweather again appears to be a priority, McGregor is also targeting other big-name opponents, like Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Association welterweight world champion.

“With Manny Pacquiao, talks have been ongoing,” McGregor said. “An aspiration of mine is to win a boxing world title. It would be a phenomenal feather in the cap and is something I will achieve.”

Before McGregor’s comments, Kevin Iole, the boxing and MMA reporter at Yahoo Sports, posted a mock fight poster of McGregor and Pacquiao on Twitter.

Iole said the poster came from Sean Gibbons, Pacquiao’s manager.

The poster featured Pacquiao and McGregor in front of Allegiant Stadium, a jet-black domed venue still under construction, designed to have a capacity of 65,000.

Iole said he guessed that Pacquiao had heard McGregor “is interested in fighting him and is interested.”

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