Conor McGregor could get in the ring with Manny Pacquiao – although the dealmakers are yet to speak
Pacquiao, with 67 fights to his name, is an 11-time world boxing champion and was the first boxer to win a title in five different weight divisions.
And the 38-year-old hinted this weekend that while he would not switch into the octagon, he could see himself taking on McGregor in the ring.
"In boxing? In boxing [I would fight McGregor] but not in the UFC, just boxing," Pacquiao told Fox Sports.
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"I didn't see the footage of Conor sparring.
"But if we are talking about Conor McGregor and boxing, it's different.
"Boxing is different than MMA."
UFC chief Dana White has all but refused to work with Manny Pacquiao's promoter
Bob Arum is Manny Pacquiao's promoter but has said some controversial things about UFC
And Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum also talked up the possibility of the bout against McGregor.
He claims that there are several strong links between the two camps that could grease the wheels of any potential deal.
However, Arum has previously made multiple controversial comments about UFC and MMA which have riled fans and pundits alike.
And UFC chief White is one of those who has no interest in working with Arum.
"Listen, I love Manny Pacquiao," White told Yahoo.
"But I don't love Bob Arum.
"You can tell Arum to save his money and not make any calls over here because we aren't doing business with him."