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Dana White claims Pacquiao-McGregor off: ‘It’s a lie’


After all the smoke, it seems there will be no showdown between eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and two-division UFC world champion Conor McGregor. 

According to UFC president Dana White, promoters from Saudi Arabia have debunked the fight — even asking McGregor to take down his post.

“The Saudis went after Connor and said it’s a lie that the fight is happening and, ‘You better take it down in the next 15 minutes or we are going to sue you’,” White told Barstool Sports.

“And he took it down. You don’t see the poster anymore about him and Pacquiao that he had posted.”

Last September 26, McGregor Tweeted in the wee hours (Philippine time) that he and Pacquiao are set to square off in the ring in 2021.

“Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook,” the 32-year-old Irishman’s Tweet read, which he has since taken down.

“I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”

Pacquiao’s top aide Jayke Joson later confirmed that there are talks between the two camps.

During UFC 253, White said that he had no idea about the talks, which McGregor would deny.

“You have been involved in Manny talks the legal letters are there. Stop lying,” McGregor Tweeted last September 27.

According to White, the UFC is looking to book a bout between McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

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