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Conor McGregor says he is going to fight Manny Pacquiao in Middle East

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Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor tweeted on late Friday that he was going to take on eight-division world champion and current IBF welterweight champion Manny Pacquaio in the Middle East.

According to Ariel Helwani, UFC is also onboard with Conor McGregor fighting Manny Pacquaio. According to McGregor’s manager Audie Attar, the fight could take place in December or January earlier in 2021.

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McGregor retired from the sport of Mixed Martial Arts earlier this year after UFC wasn’t able to book him any bouts.

Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.” Conor McGregor tweeted.

It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight.” Conor McGregor wrote on Twitter.

UFC president Dana White also hinted that he will be making some big announcement in the world of boxing.

 “The world of boxing hasn’t been able to do what I’ve been able to do [in MMA] over the last 20 years,” Dana White told BT Sport.

If they can’t do things when the world is normal, you can’t expect them to do things when the world is crazy.

I peeked under the hood a lot there for the last year. Looked at different things and I said, ‘I don’t know man, I don’t know if this is fixable’.

Funny enough, since the pandemic I’ve been looking at other options too.

And we’ll probably have something to announce here soon. Yeah [it is in the world of boxing].

When it’s time, I’ll let you know, I’m not ready yet. But [it’ll be] in the next couple of weeks.” White concluded.

Making sense of McGregor vs Pacquiao?

Over three years ago, Conor McGregor stepped inside the boxing ring to take on the former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The fight lasted longer than many would have anticipated as Floyd Mayweather ultimately defeated him via TKO in the tenth round.

Despite McGregor losing via TKO, he was praised by fans for lasting ten-rounds with the all-time great in Floyd Mayweather. Over the years, Conor has expressed interest in fighting inside the ring again on several occasions and even numerous boxers have expressed interest in fighting Conor including the Filipino superstar.

Earlier this year Manny Pacquiao signed with Paradigm sports management company and it’s the same management company that also has global MMA star Conor under its wings.

I am proud to partner with Paradigm Sports Management and am excited for the opportunities that [Paradigm president and CEO] Audie Attar and PSM have to offer,” Pacquiao said in a statement earlier this year. “One thing I want everyone to remember is to always think positively. Never think negatively; that is the beginning of your downfall. Everything is possible.” (H/T- ESPN.com)

While Manny Pacquiao is 40-years old, he is still fighting top-level opponents and last year he defeated Keith Thurman via unanimous decision.

Do you guys think Conor and Manny Pacquiao will ever cross paths inside the ring?

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