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Conor McGregor reveals he was ‘close to signing’ deal to fight boxing legend Manny Pacquiao

CONOR McGREGOR reveals he was 'close to signing' Manny Pacquiao and says an offer was made to fight the boxing legend.

The Irish fighter made the switch from the UFC to boxing in 2017 when he took on legendary fighter Floyd Mayweather.

And McGregor revealed that a fight with another boxing legend was close to becoming a reality - and may still be down the line.

He told ESPN's Ariel Helwani: "I'm open to other boxing bouts.

"There's been talks about the Manny fight as well, we were actually close to signing Manny.

"There was an offer made on that. Just not yet.

'DAMN GOOD'

"I want to box again. I will get a boxing world title.

"I love boxing, I truly love boxing. And I'm damn good."

McGregor suffered a 10th round TKO loss to Mayweather in his professional boxing debut and is certain that a rematch will happen between the pair.

And despite his defeat the first time round he hailed his performance as 'phenomenal' and claimed he would win the second fight between them.

ROUND TWO

He said: "I did phenomenal in that bout. The only reason I lost that fight was because I prepared for a back-footed Philly shell style of opponent.

"And when the fight was like that I was picking him apart.

"It was great to fight Floyd, great to to be in there with him. He's truly crafty.

"It was a great, great experience and I look forward to doing it again.

"It will happen, it's going to happen again."

McGregor has brought in his former amateur boxing coach Phil Sutcliffe as part of his training camp for this weekend's fight with Donald Cerrone.

The Notorious is fighting for the first time in over a year when he takes on 'Cowboy' at UFC 246 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

And Sutcliffe who coached McGregor when he was a teenager in Crumlin hailed his boxing skills as 'pheonmenal' and believes they are coming back to him.

He said: "I'm working on the punching side of his game. In the last six or seven weeks that he's been with me his boxing skills are phenomenal, they're after coming back.

"His footwork, his skill sets are all coming back to where they were when he practiced."

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