Conor McGregor redemption could be in boxing – and win world title in two fights

Conor McGregor could look to the boxing ring for redemption after his UFC defeat – and he could win a world title in two fights.

The Notorious was knocked out in the second round of his first Octagon bout for a year against Dustin Poirier.

And thoughts have quickly turned to what the 32-year-old will do next, with a rematch against the American or a Khabib Nurmagomedov reunion possible.

But McGregor could also turn to the boxing ring for his redemption fight.

The Irishman has experience of donning the gloves, having fought a 10-round bout against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.

Bringing in professional boxer Dylan Moran to the training camp ahead of UFC 257, speculation has emerged of a bout with Money’s former rival Manny Pacquiao.

But WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has confirmed that a win against one professional fighter would put McGregor in with a chance of taking on the Filipino fighter for a title.

Speaking to The Sun, the boxing chief said: “I would say, he needs to face and defeat a ranked fighter, then he would be eligible to be ranked and to compete for a title.

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“Because, we have plenty of examples of Muay Thai fighters, who turn professional in international boxing, and they are eligible to fight for the title.

“Conor has a mixed martial arts resume, so if he comes into boxing and wins a fight against a ranked fighter, he would be eligible to be ranked.

“This is not a rookie entering the sport; he has a long history of combat sports, so it’s a different scenario of what it used to be in the past.”

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And Pacquiao, who previously expressed an interest in taking on an MMA star, had a response on Twitter after Poirier knocked McGregor to the canvas.

“Beautiful thing about the fight game, anything can happen! Congrats to Dustin Poirier. Huge win!” he tweeted.

McGregor also spoke about the crossover fight this month, saying: "It's almost a certainty.

"I'm hearing there's contracts and all coming, you now what I mean? It's that close. I haven't spoke, but it should happen in 2021.”

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