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Sorry Pacquiao. Conor McGregor says his putting his boxing career on hold for a bit - because he wants his next bout to be a "real fight".

Whether there's any truth in Mayweather's intentions remains to be seen - but it can't be doubted that the American has the pulling power to make at least $250m per fight should he be unable to resist a 51st bout.

Pressed about what he meant by a "true fight", McGregor confirmed he was referring to MMA. Mayweather vs. McGregor fell approximately 300k buys short of breaking the record set by 2015's contest between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The bout took the number two spot on the top pay-per-view buys list.

It is thought McGregor will fight next in the UFC at some point in early 2018. This would be another big money fight for him. He has not fought in the Octagon since November 2016, and he has never defended a UFC championship.

Meanwhile Philippine boxing hero Pacquiao said last week he too was seeking his own showdown with McGregor, confirming he had opened talks with the Irishman to possibly fight in April.

"If we can negotiate it, I have no problem".

Dana White flat out denied the possibility of a fight between McGregor and Pacquiao, going as far as to threaten to sue the highly decorated former champion and "whoever is representing him".

For as long as McGregor seems intent on holding off on committing to a new UFC deal, there will continue to be a heathy number of potential suitors inside the ropes.