Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is interested in a fight against UFC superstar Conor McGregor on the condition that he is able to co-promote the event alongside ‘Notorious’ The last time fans saw Pacquiao in the ring was in July 2019, when he defeated Keith Thurman to claim the WBA welterweight strap.
McGregor announced late last week that he is set to crossover into boxing for the second time and face Pacquiao in the Middle East. A spokesperson for the eight-division champion has since revealed that Pacquiao is set to fight McGregor to help raise money for his countrymen who have been impacted by COVID-19.
“For the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year. The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic,” Pacquiao’s office said.
The man himself has finally spoken about the potential bout. Pacquiao told the Daily Mail that he is up for taking on McGregor under the condition that his company is involved in the promotion, he said.
“At the present time, I do not have an existing management contract with Paradigm Sports Management. I have formed my own company, Pac Sports and Entertainment, and am more than willing to give the fans what they want: An exciting fight with Conor McGregor under terms and conditions where I am the co-promoter with my company. Thank you and God bless,”
McGregor is currently retired from fighting after becoming disillusioned by the lack of options available to him in the UFC. The Irishman last fought back in January and needed just 40 seconds to take out Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246. McGregor’s one and only boxing bout came in 2017 against Floyd Mayweather – he lost via tenth round TKO.
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