ALL the talk this week, the week of his next UFC fight, has been of Conor McGregor returning to the boxing ring to fight Manny Pacquiao at some point in 2020.

If that sounds at all ridiculous, it’s because it is – one, because McGregor has a dangerous fight on his hands against Donald Cerrone this Saturday (January 18) in Las Vegas, and, two, because the last time McGregor tried stepping into the boxing ring to box one of the legends of the game it ended only in embarrassment.

What’s more, Pacquiao, unlike Mayweather, isn’t the kind to cruise against an opponent he considers out of his depth. He tends to be a little more merciless.

Still, none of this seems to have dissuaded McGregor from talking about a Pacquiao fight and, moreover, he has now pinpointed his dream venue for the bout should it one day take place.  

“I would love to be the first combatant to fight in that arena,” he told reporters during a UFC 246 media scrum, referring to the Allegiant Stadium being built in Paradise, Las Vegas.

“What a fight that would be against Manny,” McGregor said. “A small powerful southpaw.

“We’d have to figure out the weight and those types of things, but certainly that interests me.”

We thought Floyd Mayweather had put a stop to Conor McGregor’s boxing ambitions. We were wrong. But perhaps at this stage it’s not so much a boxing ambition that drives McGregor as an unquenchable desire for money.

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The last time McGregor boxed a boxer it didn’t end well (Esther Lin/Showtime)

Although they are to fight one another on February 22, Deontay Wilder has no issue lending a metaphorical helping hand to Tyson Fury in his quest to relieve himself seven times a day ahead of the bout.

Earlier this week Fury, ever the troublemaker, ever the little boy in big boy’s clothing, claimed he is currently masturbating seven times a day in preparation for his rematch “to keep my testosterone pumping. Pump it, pump it, pump it, pump it up! Dontcha know! I’ve got to, to keep active and the testosterone flowing for the fight. Don’t want the levels to go down.”

Wilder, meanwhile, upon hearing this bizarre comment, told TMZ: “Whatever he says is for entertainment or whatever. He wants to j*** off? Enjoy himself! Just use the proper lotion. I mean some like thick lotion.”

Admittedly, this is some of the weirdest back and forth in the recorded history of heavyweight championship boxing. It is crude and infantile and funny only to those reading this at school. Yet because this fight requires no selling and sees arguably the two best and most charismatic heavyweights in the world colliding, the way they used to, pretty much everything is forgivable at this point.

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Wilder offers Fury tips (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)