Manny Pacquiao confirms fight with Conor McGregor in the Middle East next year … after Irishman unleashes an explosive series of tweets about his exchanges with Dana White leading to his UFC retirement
- Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he will be fighting Conor McGregor next year
- The Irishman claimed on Friday night that he will fight the boxer
- Pacquiao confirmed that his revenues from the fight will go to the victims of the coronavirus
- McGregor revealed his plans to return to boxing in a fit of explosive tweets
- He showed private messages to Dana White while explaining why he was quitting UFC
Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he will be fighting Conor McGregor in the Middle East next year.
The ring legend’s office confirmed that Pacquiao’s revenue from the fight will go to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, with the boxer now a senator in the Philippines.
It marks a sensational return to the fray for McGregor, who retired from UFC earlier this summer, the third time he’s made such an announcement in four years.
WBA World Champion Manny Pacquiao has confirmed he will be fighting Conor McGregor
A statement from Pacquiao’s office said, “In the interest of all Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year.”
“Most of his income goes to those affected by the pandemic nationwide.”
McGregor, meanwhile, released a series of explosive tweets on Friday night outlining the rationale behind his decision to leave the sport earlier this summer, even showing private Instagram posts between him and Dana White.
The Irishman was keen to fight on a variety of cards, but revealed he decided to announce his retirement – his third in just four years – when the coronavirus pandemic hit after telling him he would have to wait for fans to return.
McGregor will fight boxing legend Pacquiao in the Middle East next year
McGregor announced the fight during a social media rant over his decision to leave the UFC
McGregor posted images on his social media this week of his shadow boxing in a ring
From the messages exchanged in February, McGregor had asked White to be put on multiple bills or for an event of their own, citing Justin Gaethje and Diego Sanchez as possible opponents.
‘I was pushing hard for the season. Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered everywhere, ”McGregor began his post on Twitter Friday night. ‘Everything to take place back to back. When Covid struck and the conversation was that I’d have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I waited long enough at that stage. ‘
The Irishman revealed his scandalous plans. “Anyway all the water under the bridge, who gives a ***,” he continued. ‘Then I box Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East.
“It will be a real honor to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern age, afraid of a fight.”
Taking what McGregor has to say with a pinch of salt often makes sense, but this crossover fight has been talked about for a while and it would arouse serious interest.
McGregor rallied on Twitter about his decision to leave UFC when he made the claims
The Notorious One has released some private messages he sent Dana White in February
To Diego Sanchez …
I’ve seen your recent comments on your last fight and I’m in!
After you fought Pereira, I asked for myself and you to fight in Dublin. This was in February when I was doing opposition for my season, pre covid.
Good luck this weekend! pic.twitter.com/Y0hf6Zr7XF
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
Here is the end of that exchange. Pre covid. Early retirement.
Never turned down Tony’s offer as suggested at the time. I stated months in advance (early February) that I was not interested in being a substitute for two consistent extracts.
Pushed for my own scheduled periods pic.twitter.com/jXQD2dTWrL
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
McGregor and Pacquiao are two of the greatest fighting stars in the world. The former is the first-ever UFC champion to hold two ties in different divisions at once and the latter is the eight-weight world boxing champion.
Pacquiao last fought in July 2019, defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA welterweight world title, while McGregor obliterated Donald Cerrone in his comeback UFC bout in January.
McGregor has previously switched codes when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in a money-hungry boxing fight in August 2017 and has since spoken regularly about his desire to return to the ring.
McGregor famously made the switch to boxing to take on Floyd Mayweather in 2017
The Irishman destroyed Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds in his last fight in January
Pacquiao hasn’t fought since he defeated Keith Thurman and planned to fight in the Middle East next
It was only last month that McGregor, who recently posted images of him shadow boxing on social media, suggested a fight between the pair was going on when he tweeted ‘accepted’ in Tagalog – the language of the Philippines.
Pacquiao has a huge following in the Middle East and plans were made to have him fight Terrence Crawford or another pound-for-pound star there before the pandemic threw a spanner in the works.
It’s not clear if McGregor’s claims are true, but Pacquiao and his team have no doubts they can easily beat the Irishman in a ring.
Last month, Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning trainer, Justin Fortune, said, “Manny will destroy Conor McGregor within three rounds.
‘He will destroy him too fast and too strong like a great fighter. McGregor is nothing. ‘