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Conor McGregor says he’s fighting in ‘MMA next,’ not boxing

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Manny Pacquiao will have to wait.

Conor McGregor was caught by TMZ on Friday night in New York and he was asked if he would ever compete in boxing again. McGregor said he’d “see what happens.” But the UFC lightweight champion was unequivocal about what he wants for his next step.

“A think a true fight is what I want to do next,” McGregor said. … “A real fight. What’s a real fight?”

When pressed about what a “real fight” meant, McGregor was clear: “MMA next.”

The cameraman followed up with a question about whether McGregor would dabble in pro wrestling with WWE. “The Notorious” responded: “F*ck WWE.”

McGregor, 29, has not fought in the UFC since becoming the lightweight champion by knocking out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016. He fought Floyd Mayweather in boxing back in August, falling by TKO in the 10th round.

The most logical next opponent for the Irishman, who is the biggest star in UFC history, would be Tony Ferguson. Ferguson is holding the UFC interim lightweight title and would be the next man in line for a crack at McGregor.

Rumors had surfaced earlier in the week that McGregor’s people were in talks with Pacquiao’s team about a boxing match.