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Pac man Manny Pacquiao on why Conor McGregor lost as 'super fight' with the Irishman looks unlikely

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Conor McGregor punches Dustin Poirier diring their UFC 257 fight at the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi

Conor McGregor punches Dustin Poirier diring their UFC 257 fight at the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi

Conor McGregor punches Dustin Poirier diring their UFC 257 fight at the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi

Manny Pacquiao believes Conor McGregor was complacent as he slipped to a crushing defeat against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi last weekend.

McGregor was knocked out for the first time in his career as he made his return to the UFC, sparking suggestions that he may now call time on his career.

The Dubliner is rumoured to be eyeing up a contest against Pacquiao later this year, with the boxing legend giving his verdict on McGregor defeat to ABS-CBN News.

"Losing is part of the game. In sport there are winners and losers, that's all," he said.

"It is not about defeat, but about how you accept defeat in your life: how you get over that difficult time in your life.

"McGregor had already beaten his rival before and I think that made him underestimate him."

McGregor's defeat may have diluted interest in a possible return to boxing after he took on Floyd Mayweather in a one-sided contest in august 2017.

Now Pacquiao's manager Sean Gibbons had cast doubt over the prospect of a fight with McGregor, suggesting the "demand is not there" for a contest after the Irishman's defeat against Poirier.

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