Conor McGregor gives in-depth analysis of loss to Dustin Poirier, hints at Manny Pacquiao bout

Conor McGregor chronicles fighting future in an extensive Instagram post two weeks after his most recent Octagon loss.

Conor McGregor’s return to the UFC did not begin as he may have envisioned, but the former two-division champion is already looking ahead to what’s next, which could involve a second stint in the boxing ring at some point in the near future.

After a TKO loss to former interim champion, Dustin Poirier, at UFC 257, McGregor took to Instagram to discuss his thoughts about the fight and how he looks forward to a potential trilogy bout with Poirier, given the current state of the lightweight division and its uncertain future with Khabib Nurmagomedov contemplating retirement.

“Some highlights from my last fight,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “What a trilogy I now have on my hands. Exciting! With a handle on the leg kicks, I will get back to having fun in there. I was in second gear cruising this fight. [It was the] best condition I’ve ever been in. After the wrestling and clinch exchanges, my shots still held their pop. First time for me with this so I am very encouraged to keep going. It was the first time I did not use/nor need the stool between rounds also. I did need the stool after tho that’s for sure. As well as to this day loads and loads of [Tidl Sport] recovery spray. This stuff is truly magic by the way! All the swelling, bruising, and pain on my leg has literally vanished using it!”

McGregor added that he enjoyed simply being in the cage and is continuing to return to his old form while complementing Poirier with how effectively he used his leg kicks to stifle McGregor’s counterattacks. McGregor was also encouraged by the loss, giving him an opportunity to refocus.

“I am most certainly on the right path,” McGregor wrote. “Despite the loss, I am on the correct path of evolution. Thoughts on the bout: I enjoyed racking up some more time inside the famed UFC Octagon. 40 seconds in three years is all I’d had up to this bout. I was savoring [every] second and enjoying my work. A little single disciplined in my approach and stance with mostly boxing. It’s what I get for picking this bout and opponent as a precursor to a boxing match against Pacman. I deserved to get the legs kicked off me going in with this thinking. This is not the game to play around with. Besides this, tho my shots [were] sharp and I was in full control. Albeit the leg attacks [were] building up on me throughout the course. 18 in total thrown at me, with the final one buckling my leg fully, that was that. The peroneal nerve compromised. Fascinating! First time to experience it. Then a tremendous finishing flurry by my opponent. Hats off! A well-fought fight by The Diamond. One apiece now with a Trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting! Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be. This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”

Conor McGregor has teased a Manny Pacquiao exhibition match before

McGregor and Pacquiao have been linked to each other since July of 2020, after the Irishman tweeted “I accept,” which many speculated was a return to combat sports after a brief retirement a month prior. The fight has yet to come to fruition, but only time will tell with how the remainder of 2021 progresses.

For now, however, the lightweight division remains in limbo.

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Published at Wed, 03 Feb 2021 23:40:55 +0000

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