Dana White slams Conor McGregor over leaked DMs and reacts to Manny Pacquiao fight claims

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McGregor broke “the man code”, claims White

Reportedly, Conor McGregor, former UFC Lightweight Champion has been trying to remain active in the UFC 2020 but ever since the coronavirus outbreak, since none of his plans came to fruition, the Irish martial artist announced his retirement.

When UFC veteran Diego Sanchez expressed his desire to wanting to go up against McGregor inside the Octagon, the former Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight champion, couldn’t resist but share screenshots of his conversation with UFC president Dana White about wanting to fight Sanchez after his match against Michel Pereira.

Dana White responds to the leaked DMs fiasco:

What the former did not expect was upsetting the UFC president by sharing their private conversations. White felt McGregor broke the “man-code” and is “one of the dirtiest things” the 32-year-old could do. 

In the messages that were leaked, White is seen denying McGregor’s request to fight Sanchez as it would result in the UFC to lose their promoter’s license. Instead, White agreed regarding a possible bout with Justin Gaethje who is currently the interim UFC Lightweight Champion. 

Further addressing the match, White said that for McGregor who ranks second or third, to put him up against Diego who is currently unranked as the main event, would not be ideal. 

White reacts to McGregor’s claims to fight Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao:

Apart from a possible bout with Sanchez and Gaethje, McGregor also expressed his interest to fight Pacquiao. And much to his desires, Pacquiao’s team confirmed the bout as a fundraiser with a part of proceeds that will be used in combating the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

In the press conference, White revealed that he does not know about McGregor’s fight with Pacquiao and was under the impression that McGregor had retired. 

Since Pacquiao is a Senator of the Philippines is currently only focusing on providing relief, shelter and food amongst the victims of the coronavirus outbreak, the match won’t happen anytime in 2020. His camp confirmed that the two will go up against each other in 2021 in the Middle East although no date or venue is confirmed as of yet.

If the Irishman does take on the Filipino legend, it would go down as two of the greatest fighters ever in the boxing ring, his first being with Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. 

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