Manny Pacquaio heaped reward on Dustin Poirier for inflicting a seismic upset by knocking out Conor McGregor at UFC 257 on Combat Island.
Nonetheless, McGregor’s hopes of luring Khabib Nurmagomedov right into a rematch are seemingly additionally in tatters after Dana White admitted ‘it doesn’t sound very constructive’.
McGregor had overwhelmed Poirier inside two minutes in September 2014 and was the overwhelming favorite to do the double within the light-weight bout in a bid to get previous foe Nurmagomedov to reverse his retirement.
However Poirier survived some cagey moments within the first spherical and commenced to achieve the ascendancy with some savage leg kicks within the second earlier than a flurry of punches despatched McGregor all the way down to the canvas.
Poirier adopted up with a few vicious blows on a defenceless McGregor, main referee Herb Dean to wave off the combat after simply two minutes and 32 seconds of the second spherical.
Pacqauio tweeted nearly immediately: “Lovely factor in regards to the combat recreation, something can occur! Congrats to Dustin Poirier, big win!”
The boxing legend hoped to face McGregor within the ring this yr however, after being knocked out for the primary time in his MMA profession, it appears unlikely he’ll face an eight-weight boxing champion.
White had hoped to make the rematch with Khabib, however revealed his dialog with the light-weight champion.
Talking on the post-fight press convention, White admitted McGregor’s bitter rival Khabib was prone to keep retired.
“I simply spoke to Khabib,” he stated. “He stated ‘Dana be trustworthy with your self, I’m so many ranges above these guys.’
“It doesn’t sound very constructive.”