KEY POINTS

  • Conor McGregor's UFC 257 loss cost him a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao
  • McGregor is not giving up on his dream to face Pacquiao
  • Ryan Garcia is posing to be Pacquiao's next foe

Conor McGregor's dream to square up against Manny Pacquiao in the boxing ring seems to be slipping away after the Irishman’s upset defeat at the hands of Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 over the weekend.

Sean Gibbons, the president of MP Promotions, bared that the highly-anticipated crossover clash between the mixed martial arts superstar and boxing's only eight-division titleholder has lost its luster after McGregor’s second-round knockout loss to the American

The company head honcho believes that “The Notorious” was more focused on his potential match-up against the Filipino pugilist than his cage encounter with Poirier.

“Very unfortunate, it looked like Conor looked past Dustin and got knocked out. Maybe he had the Senator on his mind. I think the demand for the fight is not there presently,” Gibbons told The Sun.

“Conor has some business to clean up and handle in the UFC. It’s a bummer; it could have been fun for as long as it lasted.”

Despite the demoralizing setback, the fighting Irishman is not willing to throw in the towel when it comes to setting up a super-fight versus Pacquiao.

“I always did want to focus on my MMA career, but I’m also open. I’ll just see what happens. I don’t know what will happen. That Manny fight was happening. It was as good as done,” McGregor said.

“I just want to get in and get back into a bounce, especially against that style of fighter, and not take those kicks," he added. "Not play with those kicks. It’s just a m**********r to take. That’s my mind going.”

Pacquiao, meanwhile, seems to be moving on from the ring date with McGregor as numerous reports claim that he is in talks with the camp of Ryan Garcia for an exhibition bout.

Garcia’s father recently added fuel to the fire by disputing the aforementioned reports of the fight being contested under exhibition rules.

According to the Garcia patriarch, "it's going to be a real fight." In addition, he reveals that both parties are close to making it official.

Manny Pacquiao WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao looks on during a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on January 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his title against Adrien Broner on January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Photo: Getty Images/Ethan Miller