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UFC 257 results: Conor McGregor knocked out by Dustin Poirier, boxing bouts with Jake Paul and Manny Pacquiao now in doubt

Two of boxing’s biggest potential mega events of 2021 may have also been knocked out by Dustin Poirier tonight.

UFC 257: Poirier v McGregor Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Conor McGregor knocked out in the second round of tonight’s UFC 257 main event against Dustin Poirier, major doubt has been cast upon McGregor’s potential boxing mega events with Manny Pacquiao and Jake Paul.

McGregor, 32, has been connected to both Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO) and Paul (2-0, 2 KO) over the last however many months, with the Pacquiao idea going back further and the Paul idea much more recent.

But the loss to Poirier, which is McGregor’s third in his last four fights counting both MMA and boxing, may significantly damage his credibility as an opponent for the Filipino legend or the YouTube influencer, and almost certainly means there’s probably no longer a $50 million Jake Paul offer to take up.

This leaves Pacquiao to possibly look more toward fights with fellow welterweight titlists Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford, or a sorta-rumored showdown with young lightweight sensation Ryan Garcia. And Paul, who is slated to return Apr. 10 on pay-per-view, may have to change his focus to, uh, Lamar Odom, maybe.

For more on UFC 257, visit our sister sites MMA Fighting, Bloody Elbow, and MMA Mania.

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