Conor McGregor urged to quit UFC to focus on beating Manny Pacquiao

Conor McGregor has been urged to focus on fighting Manny Pacquiao following his defeat by Dustin Poirier.

The Irishman was stopped in the second round of his rematch with Poirier as his hopes of a title shot were severely dented.

McGregor also saw his chances of an immediate fight with Pacquiao go up in smoke after his second defeat in three fights.

But former heavyweight world champion George Foreman has backed McGregor to quit mixed martial arts and upset Pacquiao.

"It's hard for McGregor to accept it but he’s a better puncher than he is in MMA," he told the Daily Star .

"I'd rather see him in boxing matches now. I think if he has a fight with Pacquiao he can actually beat him – good rules, over 10 rounds, McGregor can beat him.

"He’s already adjusted to boxing, he’s not going to do good in MMA anymore. Pacquiao is very good as a matter of fact, but McGregor can beat him in a boxing match."

McGregor is pushing the UFC hard for a trilogy fight with Poirier and wants the fight to take place in May.

And he may have to wait even longer to take on Pacquiao as the Filipino eyes a clash with welterweight world champion Terence Crawford.

Pacquiao is one of two fighters in the running to take on Crawford, alongside Shawn Porter, and promoter Bob Arum said: "He [Kenny Porter] came to our office two weeks ago to talk about a Crawford – Porter fight, and then out of nowhere the idea of a tremendous site fee [and] a possibility of doing Pacquiao-Crawford came up.

"Obviously, it’s more money for Terence. Terence would prefer a Pacquiao fight than anyone else. We're going to see what happens, and we’ll know this week whether Pacquiao-Crawford can happen.

"If it doesn’t happen, since [Errol] Spence clearly doesn’t want to fight Crawford, I think Crawford-Porter would be a tremendous fight."

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