Conor McGregor Makes Major Claim About Manny Pacquiao Fight

Conor McGregor is turning heads once again, this time in the world of boxing.

McGregor is no stranger to boxing fans, but his bread and butter is certainly with MMA. Still, that hasn’t stopped the “Notorious” one from angling for more high-profile boxing matchups. In particular, McGregor has been calling for a showdown with Manny Pacquiao.

In recent Twitter posts, McGregor claimed he will be fighting Pacquiao in the Middle East.

“I was pushing hard for the season. Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout. All to take place back to back. Then when COVID hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I was waiting long enough at that stage. Anyway, all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”

McGregor’s last boxing match was back in August 2017. He took on Floyd Mayweather in what was dubbed the “Money Fight.” Mayweather ended up winning the bout via 10th-round TKO. McGregor has gone 1-1 in MMA since the loss to “Money.”

As for Pacquiao, he hasn’t competed since July 20, 2019. He defeated Keith Thurman via split decision to capture the WBA (Super) Welterweight Title. This was the first loss in the pro boxing career of Thurman.

It’s no secret that McGregor has been looking for a big payday. Matching his standards have proven to be difficult as promotions are still looking to make the right business decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. With UFC President Dana White recently revealing that he’s still looking to get into the boxing business, McGregor’s claim comes at a convenient time.

If this fight does take place, then Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, certainly won’t see it being competitive. He told The Manila Times that Pacquiao shouldn’t destroy his legacy for a “bum” in McGregor.

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