KEY POINTS

  • Manny Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, called Conor McGregor a "bum"
  • Fortune predicted that Pacquiao will KO McGregor inside "three rounds"
  • Pacquiao's special assistant revealed that most Filipino fans want to see the boxer take on McGregor

Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, claims the eight-division titleholder would knock out Conor McGregor within three rounds if they ever faced each other in a boxing match.

McGregor is no stranger to professional boxing. In fact, for his pro debut, the Irish fighter faced one of the greatest boxers in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Despite being stopped by Mayweather in the 10th round, most are convinced McGregor did a tremendous job against a seasoned world champion — but not Pacquiao’s longtime coach.

In an exclusive interview with The Manila Times, Fortune got candid about the idea of Pacquiao vs. McGregor, saying that the latter is an unworthy opponent for “Pac-Man.” He also claimed that it makes no sense for the legendary boxer to jeopardize his legacy for McGregor.

“Why even make that guy rich? And it won’t do absolutely nothing (sic) for Pacquiao as far as his legacy [is concerned]. Remember, this is just my opinion. Manny goes down as the greatest fighter in history when he finishes because no one has done what he accomplished in boxing,” Fortune said via phone call. “Why destroy your legacy for a bum like McGregor?”

Nonetheless, Fortune predicted the outcome of their fight should the pair ever meet each other inside the ring in the future. According to the 54-year-old, the result is a no-brainer as his pupil will surely “obliterate” McGregor and completely destroy him within “three rounds.”

“Manny will destroy Conor McGregor inside the three rounds. He will obliterate him too fast and too strong as an amazing fighter. McGregor is nothing,” Fortune claimed.

The coach went on to emphasize that McGregor is “an MMA guy” who “can’t box.” Therefore, Fortune believes he will never beat any pro boxer, especially someone like Pacquiao.

Conor McGregor Conor McGregor of Ireland looks on in the octagon before competing against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

The current welterweight division is stacked with an array of world champions and top-tier contenders. However, many are evidently interested in witnessing Pacquiao take on McGregor inside the boxing ring.

In fact, Pacquiao’s “special assistant,” Jayke Joson, previously revealed that “nine out of 10 Filipinos” he has spoken to are hoping that Pacquiao vs. McGregor will be the Filipino boxer’s retirement fight.

Joson also stated that most of the 41-year-old legend’s friends and family members want him to take on only one more fight, probably by next year, and consider calling it a career.