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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he will be fighting former two-division UFC champion and MMA’s biggest superstar Conor McGregor in a boxing ring in 2021.

Manny Pacquiao confirms boxing match against UFC's Conor McGregor

On Friday when McGregor went on a Twitter spree in which he leaked personal DMs to UFC president Dana White from earlier this year. He then revealed that he’s going to box Manny Pacquiao next in 2021. He also accepted the challenge from Diego Sanchez. McGregor was very much active on twitter and kept revealing his chats with Dana White.

“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 honor 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 announcements 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.

Manny Pacquiao vs Conor McGregor Confirmed

Manny Pacquiao also confirmed that he is going to fight McGregor. Pacquiao’s assistant, Jayke Joson, released a statement saying the bout will take place, with part of the fighter’s earnings going to COVID-19 relief in the Philippines.

“For the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year,” Joson said, per ESPN Ringside. “The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic.”

On Friday, McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, told ESPN that the two sides were in “serious talks” about a fight but it wasn’t a done deal yet. Attar, who represents both fighters, said the bout would take place in late December or early January, and the Middle East was among a few locations being discussed. Attar also added that McGregor is planning to return to the UFC in 2021 following his fight with Pacquiao.

Conor McGregor vs. Manny Pacquiao

In June, McGregor announced his retirement from MMA for the third time. The Irishman hasn’t fought since January when he beat Donald Cerrone via TKO in just 40 seconds.  McGregor previously boxed world champion, Floyd Mayweather, in Las Vegas in August 2017, losing by TKO in 10 rounds. Pacquiao, the WBA champion, holds a 62-7-2 record with 39 knockouts. The 41-year-old most recently competed in July 2019, defeating Keith Thurman via 12-round split decision to win the WBA Welterweight Super Championship.

The MMA world always knew that McGregor is not the type of guy who will sit on the couch and relax, so his return his not a bit surprised but what people didn’t expect was a boxing match with another boxing great in Manny Pacquiao. There’s still lot’s of news to be confirmed like the exact location and the exact date. Till then it’s a big announcement made that has made fans of both boxing and MMA go crazy.

What do you guys think of this boxing match between Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao?

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