McGregor sees Poirier bout as build up for Pacquiao

FILE PHOTO: MMA Mixed Martial Arts – UFC 246 – Welterweight – Conor McGregor v Donald Cerrone – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States – January 18, 2020 Conor McGregor before his fight against Donald Cerrone REUTERS/Mike Blake

MANILA, Philippines — Conor McGregor admitted he intends to use his possible rematch with UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier as part of his buildup for a potential boxing showdown with Manny Pacquiao.

McGregor said a match with Poirier will help him keep his sharpness before taking on Pacquiao in a bout rumored for next year in the Middle East.

In a tweet, McGregor did not refute speculations made by Poirier as to why the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion showed interest in fighting him.

“Going back to why I think he wants this fight, it’s because he’s angling to fight Pacquiao. That was in the news,” said Poirier, appearing on “The Fight” with Teddy Atlas.

Being a southpaw like Pacquiao, Poirier thinks he fits the criteria well as far as McGregor’s motives are concerned.

“I think that might be his mind set. He wants to fight another southpaw before he fights another southpaw. I don’t know what’s going on, but I think that’s what the alignment is,” added Poirier.

McGregor did not beat around the bush in his response.

“Correct. Southpaw box style. Continue to sharpen my MMA skills with some tough competition, while leading into my Manny bout preparation,” McGregor wrote. “It’s not easy

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Amid pregnancy rumors, Janella Salvador blocks netizens ‘who have nothing to do but gossip’

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Janella Salvador has chosen to maintain her web room secure from negativity by blocking netizens “who have nothing to do but gossip.”

“Blocking people who have no respect and who have nothing else to do but gossip,” the 22-year-old said in an Instagram story on Wednesday.

“I am only allowing positivity in my space,” she went on.

Recently, netizens have been speculating that Salvador was pregnant after she and actor Markus Paterson went public with their relationship.

Salvador has yet to directly address the pregnancy rumor. [ac]

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Barcelona, Real Madrid meet for first Clasico of season on October 24

Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique (L) talks with Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 1, 2020. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

The first Spanish Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on Saturday 24 October, La Liga said on Tuesday.

The match was originally penciled in for the following day, when the majority of games in the seventh round of the Liga season will be played. It will be behind closed doors at the Camp Nou.

The two giants of the Spanish championship begin their Champions League campaigns a few days earlier.

Barca host Ferencvaros of Hungary on October 20, while Real Madrid is at home to Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine the following day.

Real Madrid leads the La Liga standings after five games, three points ahead of fifth-placed Barcelona.

Real beat Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu in the last meeting between the clubs at the start of January to overtake the Catalan club at the top of La Liga.

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