KEY POINTS

  • Conor McGregor warned by friend that Manny Pacquiao is more dangerous than Floyd Mayweather
  • Pacquiao is expected to ink a deal with McGregor
  • Mayweather vows to beat McGregor again for the right amount of money

UFC superstar Conor McGregor was warned by his friend that a fight with Manny Pacquiao is more dangerous than Floyd Mayweather.

For weeks, McGregor’s return to the boxing ring against either Pacquiao or Mayweather has been a hot topic in combat sports. And though the UFC star is confident he can take on the Filipino champ, undefeated boxer and McGregor’s friend Michael Conlan said that Pacquiao is a tougher fight than Mayweather.

McGregor and Conlan started their friendship when “The Notorious” accompanied him in one of his walkouts in New York. Conlan, who is set to fight in the world’s most famous arena Madison Square Garden in New York on St Patrick’s Day, recently expressed his support and concern to his superstar friend.

In an exclusive interview with World Boxing News, the 28-year-old said he truly believes McGregor will return to boxing and “everyone will have their eyes on him.”

“I definitely think he will [return to boxing], but do I want to be on the undercard? No. It’s the McGregor show, you’re on the undercard, you’re going to be irrelevant. Everyone will have their eyes on him.He is the biggest sports star there is. Let’s be honest, not any bigger sports stars than Conor McGregor,” Conlan said.

Conlan added that even though it’s more dangerous, the Pacquiao vs. McGregor is a better fight for the UFC star.

“If he gets the Pacquiao fight, then even better. It’s a much more dangerous fight than fighting Floyd. A fight with Manny Pacquiao will generate a lot of money,” Conlan stated.

Conor McGregor Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, pictured during their official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, will start their super-fight late Saturday night. Photo: Getty Images

Pacquiao recently signed with agency Paradigm Sports Management for the “final years” of his boxing career. As expected, the move bolstered  speculations of a potential deal with McGregor as Paradigm also represents the former UFC two-division champion.

Meanwhile, Mayweather has just fired a warning to McGregor that he will "whip you’re a-- again" if the price is right.

In an interview with TMZ Sports , the undefeated American champ vowed to give the Irishman another beating as long as he is rewarded with another huge pay day which evidently must exceed £200 million ($258,750,000) – the estimated amount of money he earned from the previous fight.

"Man if they pay I'm there to play. And if they're paying cash Conor, I'll whip your ass... again. I do what I do everywhere, I pick up money I get paid to tell my story," Mayweather said.