Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has confirmed he’ll combat UFC icon Conor McGregor within the Center East subsequent yr.
McGregor first revealed the plans in an explosive sequence of tweets, explaining why he determined to retire from UFC after conversations with president Dana White.
And now Pacquiao, the 41-year-old champion, has verified the information, including that every one of his proceeds will go in the direction of serving to these affected by the coronavirus within the Philippines, the place he’s a Senator.
Pacquiao’s workplace mentioned: “For the sake of all of the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will likely be combating UFC famous person Conor McGregor subsequent yr.”
“The massive portion of his earnings will proceed to those that are affected nationwide by the pandemic.”
It represents a sensational return to the ring for McGregor, who was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr in a blockbuster combat in 2017.
In his tweets on Friday night time, the 32-year-old posted a photograph of his messages to UFC president Dana White, the place he confirmed that he tried to rearrange a return to mixed-martial-arts however talks fizzled out.
Nonetheless, in a parting bombshell, McGregor later tweeted: “Anyway all water beneath the bridge who provides a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao subsequent within the Center East.”
The Irishman had earlier provided himself for a bout within the octagon with Diego Sanchez, who admitted he has given up on his dream of changing into a UFC champion.
Sanchez revealed he desires to be remembered as a terrific within the sport and outlined his plans to combat McGregor, who has mentioned he’s keen to take him up on his supply.
He wrote: “To Diego Sanchez… I seen your current feedback about your last bout and I’m in! After you fought Pereira, I had requested for myself and also you to compete in Dublin. This was again in February after I was engaged on opposition for my season, pre covid. Good luck this weekend!”
It’s not but clear the place McGregor and Paquiao will combat – or if the the previous was 100 per cent real in what he was saying.
Legend Filipino bruiser Paquiao, who’s thought to be one of many biggest fighters ever, most lately fought in July final yr when he beat Keith Thurman in a WBA tremendous world welterweight title defence.
He has not tweeted in response to McGregor’s publish.