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UFC Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier’s charity goal for his UFC 264 trilogy bout with Conor McGregor is once again helping the needful people and this time he is teaming up with Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao.

Dustin Poirier claimed that Conor McGregor didn’t follow through with his sizable charity donation in the aftermath of UFC 257. Before their rematch in January, McGregor promised to donate $500,000 to Poirier’s The Good Fight Foundation. Then Poirier won the fight by second-round TKO, and according to “The Diamond,” the trail went cold.

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Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) responded to McGregor’s (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) recent prediction that he would win the July 10 trilogy fight at UFC 264 by fourth-round knockout courtesy of a front kick. However, he added an extra layer by outing his rival for not having lived up to his promise of donating. Conor and Dustin then went back and forth on that issue eventually putting the trilogy fight in jeopardy. Luckily the fighter kept their issues aside and signed the fight and UFC made it official recently.

Dustin Poirier’s good fight foundation

UFC 264: Dustin Poirier teams with Pacquiao, Wren for charity goal

Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) and his charity, The Good Fight Foundation previously partnered with Justin Wren’s Fight for the Forgotten charity to help build water wells for a devastating orphanage in Uganda in the lead-up to his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September 2019. Now they’re teaming back up, along with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, to take the next step for the community.

For Poirier’s third and likely final encounter with McGregor in the UFC 264 headliner on July 10 in Las Vegas, the trio will work together to build housing and other community assets across 42 acres of land for the Pygmies by donating $50,000 each. Moreover, UFC commentator, comedian, and noted podcast host Joe Rogan will contribute $100,000 to the cause.

Wren explained the specifics in the statement below (via Instagram):

In the caption of the post, he wrote “We are embarking on the biggest project we’ve ever attempted as we celebrate 10 years of existence with @fightfortheforgotten 🙏🙏🙏 I’m so pumped for the momentum we have!”

Thank you to @mannypacquiao for stepping up and donating so big in $50,000! Thank you @dustinpoirier for matching that $50,000! Thank you @joerogan for reaching out and letting me know you are going to match that with $100,000 so we can keep going!

32 new homes are being built for 32 families who have never owned a home, and they are helping build them and learn that skill! Our first MEDICAL CLINIC and PHARMACY is being built. More water wells, with a water tower and tapped water to all the homes! Latrines and hand washing stations… farms… A soccer field… and now maybe a cultural center and school for the Pygmy people.

Anyone who is seeing this, thank you for being part of this journey and supporting in any way you have in the past 10 years. Whether it’s been financial, posting about it, sharing our story, liking our content, and sending us good energy and vibes, your thoughts and prayers, thank you!

We still have a long ways to go to complete this project. If you’d like to support you can give us a one-time donation at http://www.fightfortheforgotten.org (link in my bio) or even more sustainable and helpful so we can plan you can join our fight club, our monthly giving team of our most loyal supporters. I’d be so grateful if you’d consider helping us see this project thru completion and put love and compassion into action ☺️🙏🙏🙏

Thank you – thank you – THANK YOU! Also, follow @thegoodfightfoundation and @pacquiaofoundation to support these great nonprofits 🙏

Pacquiao chimed in on the massive goal, as well, in a social media post (via Twitter):

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Poirier has used his fight career to help elevate “The Good Fight Foundation” over the past several years. He’s attached charity goals to each of his fights, with his philanthropic efforts including building water wells to repair a ruined water supply at an orphanage and school in Uganda, building a playground for special needs children, supplying backpacks for more than 500 schoolchildren, and, most recently, providing transportation and tutoring for struggling youth through The Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana.

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