Conor McGregor says he is boxing Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East
Conor McGregor looks set to fight in Asia for the first time. The UFC star says he is going to face Manny Pacquiao in a boxing match in the Middle East.
McGregor took to Twitter to make the dramatic announcement:
Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook.
I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to have won world titles in eight different divisions. He has beaten the likes of Oscar de la Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Miguel Cotto.
McGregor’s boxing record stands at 0-1. However his only fight to date did break several box office records, as he was stopped by Floyd Mayweather on his pro debut.
He is, of course, better known for his exploits in MMA. McGregor is the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion and has established himself as the most marketable star in the history of the sport.
While the odds would be stacked against McGregor that didn’t stop millions of people purchasing the pay per view when he fought Mayweather. The Middle East has also proved a viable venue for live fights since the start of the Covid—19 crisis with the UFC holding multiple fight cards in Abu Dhabi.