Manny Pacquiao ‘at risk’ of being stripped of his WBA welterweight title if he fights Conor McGregor in moneyspinning bout because UFC legend is unranked in boxing
- Legendary fighters are set to meet in the ring in a mouth-watering contest
- Conor McGregor has been spotted at an Italian boxing gym for sparring
- But Manny Pacquiao maybe forced to defend his WBA welterweight title
- Cuban challenger Yordenis Ugas, 34, is waiting for his shot at Pacquiao’s title
Manny Pacquiao risks being stripped of his WBA world tile if he goes ahead with plans to fight UFC star Conor McGregor.
The eagerly-awaited contest between the legendary fighters has been under discussion since last year and now looks set to proceed in the Middle East, with Pacquiao’s trainer claiming his man will knock McGregor out inside two rounds.
However, according World Boxing News, Pacquiao could lose his welterweight title if he steps into the ring with the UFC fighter for the mouth-watering encounter.
Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor have been planning to enter the ring in an eagerly awaited contest, which would also raise money for victims of the coronavirus pandemic
The legendary boxer, 41, won his WBA welterweight title in July 2019, defeating Keith Thurman, 31, in Las Vegas, but he has been unable to defend the belt since because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The governing body is understood to want Pacquiao to mount a defence within six months, and certainly in 2021, against a ranked challenger, but a bout with McGregor may make that impossible.
McGregor retired from UFC after beating American Donald Cerrone in his comeback fight
McGregor, 32, who obliterated American Donald Cerrone, 37, in his comeback UFC fight in January before announcing his second retirement from the sport in June, cannot fulfil the role of challenger.
He is unranked and his boxing record is one fight and one defeat, after he took on Floyd Mayweather in a moneyspinning bout in August 2017.
Pacquiao and McGregor are two of the biggest fighting stars worldwide with ‘Pacman’ an eight-weight world boxing champion and ‘Notorious’ the first ever UFC champion to hold two belts in different divisions simultaneously.
Pacquiao won his WBA welterweight title in July 2019, defeating Keith Thurman in Las Vegas
If the fight goes ahead, Pacquiao, who is now a Senator in the Philippines, has already confirmed he will donate his earnings to victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
News of the potential impediment to the contest has emerged as McGregor took a break from his holiday in Italy to do a little sparring at La Spezia in the Round Zero boxing gym, posing for pictures with the owner.
Meanwhile, Cuban Yordenis Ugas, 34, will be looking on with interest.
He is waiting for his shot at Pacquiao’s title and should the Filipino fighter not face him, he could take the belt without a punch being thrown.
Conor McGregor continued training at a gym in La Spezia with owner Luca Riccardi (left)
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