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Conor McGregor has the punching power and talent to beat Manny Pacquiao in a boxing ring.
Former heavyweight champion of the world George Foreman insists that now is the time for the Irishman to quit the UFC and head back to boxing.
McGregor, 32, is no stranger to the 12-round fight game having fought and lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
And despite a knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier in the UFC last month, Foreman says he must now focus on boxing because he will never have true success in the octagon again.
The Notorious has lost three of his last six UFC bouts and American Foreman, who was still the world heavyweight champion at the age of 45, said: “It’s hard for McGregor to accept it but he’s a better puncher than he is in MMA.
“I’d rather see him in boxing matches now.
“I think if he has a fight with Pacquiao he can actually beat him – good rules, over 10 rounds, McGregor can beat him.
“He’s already adjusted to boxing, he’s not going to do good in MMA anymore.
“Pacquiao is very good as a matter of fact but McGregor can beat him in a boxing match.”
The UFC brand has grown from its inception back in 1993 and is now valued at more than $4billion and is still going from strength to strength, with money-spinning pay-per-view fights continuing at pace despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
And Foreman, who retired from the fight game in 1997 with a final record of 76 wins and just five defeats, is under absolutely no illusions as to why that is.
He added: “The UFC is really good. I wish it had been around in my day.
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“Of course, I like that type of fighting. In the UFC I would have been good and I would have lasted a long time. It just so happened that it wasn’t around and it wasn’t that popular in the beginning.
“But they’ve built a great fanbase now.
“It’s a real strong sport and probably some of the best athletes in the world are in the UFC.”
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