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Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao: UFC star claims he will fight in Middle East against boxing legend

Conor McGregor is established to get it on with Manny Pacquiao, the UFC star promises.

McGregor fired off a collection of tweets on Friday afternoon and, amid them, he wrote: “I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao future in the Middle East.”

His manager, Audie Attar, then verified to ESPN that McGregor is in fact in significant talks to struggle the boxing legend in late December or early January.

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The Middle East is a single of a handful of locations currently being appeared at.

Pacquiao’s camp also verified to AFP that the Filipino boxing icon is mulling the struggle.

Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, told AFP in an e-mail a struggle among the eight-division environment champion and McGregor would be a “tremendous world function.”

Pacquiao, 41, has not fought given that professing the WBA welterweight crown with a stunning victory around Keith Thurman in Las Vegas in July final yr.

Gibbons stated that the two camps ended up a “long way” from agreeing a struggle, but verified “it is (absolutely) a single of the fights currently being deemed for the Senator’s return in 2020.”

“The plan has been brought up on a several events for Senator Pacquiao and Conor McGregor to struggle,” Gibbons stated, adding that McGregor had revealed in his struggle with Mayweather he was capable of difficult “the most effective boxers in the environment.”

Meanwhile, Attar told ESPN that after a discussion with UFC about McGregor’s long run, the company is on board with him coming into the boxing ring at the time additional.

McGregor’s final boxing struggle was in 2017 when he missing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a single of combat sport’s most significant bouts of all-time.

A excess weight is nonetheless to be decided for the Pacquiao struggle, although McGregor is predicted to return to UFC in 2021, Attar told ESPN.

The 32-yr-old’s final struggle was in January when he beat Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.

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McGregor is in serious talks to fight Manny Pacquiao in late December or early January.
McGregor is in significant talks to struggle Manny Pacquiao in late December or early January.Supply: Getty Pictures
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