Five opponents Conor McGregor could fight next with Dustin Poirier and Manny Pacquiao bouts in works – The Sun

CONOR McGREGOR is being lined up with potential superfights against Dustin Poirier and Manny Pacquiaio.

Notorious has been out of action since defeating Donald Cerrone in January and subsequently retiring in June.

But it is nigh-in impossible for the Irishman to stay out of the headlines and now all talk has turned to who he could take on next.

Here, SunSport runs down five potential opponents.

Dustin Poirier

McGregor looks set to take on his old UFC rival – who he beat in 2014 – in a charity rematch in Ireland in December.

It all came about on Twitter. McGregor was firing off tweets when he responded to Poirier's post and asked him for a fight, with the Diamond duly agreeing.

However, something that could stop the bout is both fighters' exclusive deal with UFC.

Boss Dana White will not want to see two of his biggest names fighting in an exhibition bout that, in McGregor's words, has "zero to do with the UFC".

Still, it's provisionally booked in for December 12, so the countdown is on.

Manny Pacquiao

Before the Poirier tweets came McGregor's bombshell social media post about a boxing fight against the eight-division world champion Pacquiao.

The Filipino legend has since confirmed the pair are in talks over a bout set for January in the Middle East.

McGregor previously fought Floyd Mayweather under Queensberry Rules in 2017, and was stopped in the tenth round.

Jorge Masvidal

Masvidal beat McGregor's long-time rival Nate Diaz at UFC 244 with a doctor's stoppage, and picked up the BMF (Baddest M***** F****r) belt with it.

But McGregor will be keen to prove he is the most ferocious fighter in the cage, and a fight seems a real possibility.

Masvidal was ringside to watch the Irishman crush Donald Cerrone is in his most recent fight in January this year.

With McGregor proving he has the power to make a real splash at welterweight, a scrap with Masvidal would rake in millions.

Khabib Nurmagomedov/Justin Gaethje

McGregor's psyche would tell him that he HAS to exorcise the demons from his shattering stoppage loss to Khabib back in October 2018.

But having moved to welterweight from lightweight, that rematch might not happen just yet.

Khabib is yet to lose in UFC, with 28 straight wins and is certainly one of the most fearsome fighter there is.

He fights Gaethje at UFC 254 on October 24 and the winner could take on McGregor.

Floyd Mayweather

Can McGregor avenge his defeat?

Well, it surely depends on whether Money, with his 50-0 perfect record, wants to put everything on the line one more time.

It would be a shock if the 43-year-old said he wanted to do so, no matter how much money was offered.

Put this one at the back of the line of likely fights.

Conor McGregor to fight Dustin Poirier on December 12 outside of UFC with no weight limit

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