‘Losing is part of the game’: Manny Pacquiao offers words of support to Conor McGregor following UFC 257 defeat
Pacquiao, who has tasted defeat seven times in his stellar 71-fight career to date, shares the same management company as McGregor and refused to write off the Irish star following the first TKO defeat of his MMA career.
"Losing is part of the game. In sport there are winners and losers - that's all," Pacquiao told ABS-CBN News.
"It is not about defeat, but about how you accept defeat in your life: how you get over that difficult time in your life."Also on rt.com ‘I want to experience fighting an MMA fighter’: Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao forges path to lucrative showdown with Conor McGregor
Pacquiao went on to explain that he thought McGregor's prior win over Poirier at UFC 178 gave the Dubliner a false sense of security going into the rematch in Abu Dhabi.
"McGregor had already beaten his rival before and I think that made him underestimate him," he said.
It also led one of Pacquiao's former representatives, Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, to suggest that any thoughts of a boxing match between the pair would need to be parked after the defeat.Also on rt.com ‘The demand for the fight is not there’: Pacquiao rep rules out McGregor fight as Irishman counts cost of devastating Poirier loss
"Very unfortunate," he told The Sun. "It looked like Conor looked past Dustin and got knocked out. Maybe he had the Senator on his mind.
"I think the demand for the fight is not there presently. Conor has some business to clean up and handle in the UFC.
"It's a bummer: it could have been fun for as long as it lasted and no leg kicks would have made a world of difference."Also on rt.com Boxing great Manny Pacquiao’s manager slams ‘shady characters’ for spreading ‘false rumors’ about Filipino star’s next fight