"That would be weird because he's (McGregor) under contract with us", White said.
McGregor meanwhile is under pressure to name a date for his return to the Octagon, with a line of challengers waiting to take his UFC lightweight belt from him. But, it's certainly in keeping with the consensus that McGregor will be fighting in the Octagon next, unless he's planning to launch a legal challenge of his own against the UFC (to pursue a boxing match). "If that's true, I will be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever's representing him, so I'm assuming that's not true. It is OK with both of us", Pacquiao said last week. According to recent reports, the former WBO welterweight champion is now undergoing initial talks with UFC lightweight champion Connor McGregor for a prospective fight. He is on a 10-fight win streak that also includes triumphs over former champion Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, Josh Thomson and Abel Trujillo. "Yes, [McGregor's next fight will be in the UFC]".
White and Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum also have a long-lasting bitter relationship furthermore, which one would expect would make such a boxing match hard to make in the first place.
Pacquiao put out a tweet to McGregor in recent times, telling him to keep fit for 2018, in the process, escalating the speculation. "Yes, but it's old news", Arum said shortly after the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux fight in NY.
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White also responded to Arum's criticism saying that UFC was "cratering" and White "needed boxing to save himself".
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Although at odds, White did manage to give Arum credit for his tactics.