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Conor McGregor claims he will fight Manny Pacquiao next after UFC retirement

ONABEKUN ISIAQ ADEKUNLE

Sept. 25, 2020

Conor McGregor has sensationally announced he will be fighting Manny Pacquiao next, claiming a bout with the Filipino boxer will take place in the Middle East.
McGregor released a string of tweets on Friday night, explaining his decision to walk away from UFC .
The tweets contained private messages between him and UFC chief Dana White, which show McGregor expressing interest in fighting on several cards but he then decided to retire after being told he would have to wait until fans return before he could fight.
McGregor had asked to fight the likes of Justin Gaethje and Diego Sanchez in February and wrote on Twitter: ‘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.’
After explaining his retirement, he then dropped the sensational bombshell he plans to step into the ring with Pacquiao.
Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook,’ he added.
‘I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.’
Referring to his previous bouts with Floyd Mayweather Jr., McGregor continued: ‘It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight.’
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. — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
Pacquiao is an eight-weight world boxing champion and last fought in July 2019, defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA world welterweight title.
McGregor’s last appearance came in a dominant win over Donald Cerrone in his comeback UFC fight in January.
Last month, Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune said: ‘Manny will destroy Conor McGregor inside three rounds.
‘He will obliterate him too fast and too strong as an amazing fighter. McGregor is nothing.’
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