White threatens lawsuit if Pacquiao reached out to McGregor

December 11, 2017

Dana White shot down any rumors of a Manny Pacquiao-Conor McGregor fight by stating that if the Filipino boxer had any contact with McGregor, it would like end in a lawsuit.

During the UFC Fresno post-fight press conference, White was asked about the potential fight.  “That would be weird because he’s [McGregor] under contract with us,” said White of McGregor.  “If that’s true, I will be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever’s representing him, so I’m assuming that’s not true.”  White went on to state that McGregor’s next fight will be in the UFC.

Of course, those “representing” Pacquiao likely means Bob Arum, his promoter.  White and Arum do not like each other and unlike the Mayweather-McGregor negotiations, one would expect a more contentious business dealing with the two sides.

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It could be that Pacquiao’s representatives did not directly include Arum and was just something floated out there to see public/media reaction.  White threatening of a lawsuit would relate to alleged tampering and/or interference with a business relationship and/or existing contract.  If Pacquiao wants to fight McGregor, he’d have to contact White and the UFC since that is what appears to be the arrangement with the current UFC lightweight champion.  We will see if this is the beginning of something (i.e. Pac-Mac) or nothing at all.

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