Conor McGregor has a lot on his mind though a match with Manny Pacquiao is undeniably something that could rake him millions. But aside from that, the former UFC champion has a lot of chips on his shoulder. Among them include rematches with other foes, particularly the ones who dealt him a defeat.
One of them is Khabib Nurmagomedov. Though the Russian retired to adhere to his mother’s wishes following the death of his father due to COVID-19, some people believe “The Eagle” will return.
That list includes UFC president Dana White who pointed out that the UFC champion has some unfinished business. This is concerning the fact that Khabib’s dad, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, wanted his son to retire undefeated once he is 30-0, White said to CBS Radio. The Eagle is 29-0 following his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. He would announce his retirement thereafter.
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Regardless if he returns or not, McGregor needs to deal with reality. He is set to face Dustin Poirier in January, christened a warmup match before he faces Pacquiao somewhere in 2021. As far as Silva is concerned, this is the fight to do, TMZ Sports reported.
"I think for Conor right now, the best fight is with Manny Pacquiao," Silva said. "For business, I think the best fight for Conor is to take the fight with Manny Pacquiao."
Silva is aware that McGregor will have to undergo more training, particularly in boxing. Unlike the one with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao is expected to brawl with the Irishman. If that does happen, most feel that this fight may not go the distance. Also interesting is if McGregor will fight clean all the way. Against Mayweather, the Irishman admitted that he could have resorted to his mixed martial arts moves if he wanted to.
As for Silva, these comments came before he saw an abrupt end to his UFC career. He lost to Uriah Hall via technical knockout in what was supposed to be his last MMA fight.
After the loss, Silva mentioned he would consult his family on his next move. But as far as White is concerned, it was a mistake letting “The Spider” fight and that one against Hall was his last in the UFC.
"I want him to retire. I hope when he goes home, his family tells him the same thing. ... He's almost 46 years old. Unless you're trying to defend your f-----g life or defend your family, no 46-year-old should ever be fighting. Period," White said in a report from Fox News.