For the past few months, two-division UFC world champion Conor McGregor has hinted that he is currently in talks with the world’s only eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao for a super fight.
In the wee hours of Saturday (Manila time), the Irishman ramped up the speculations with a couple of tweets.
“Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook,” the 32-year-old Irishman tweeted at around 2:27 AM.
“I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”
Following it up 30 minutes later with:
“It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight.”
In an email to AFP, MP Promotions chief Sean Gibbons did not confirm nor deny it, saying that there have been talks between the two sides.
“The idea has been brought up on a few occasions for Senator Pacquiao and Conor McGregor to fight,” said Gibbons.
The math definitely points out that the potential bout will be a blockbuster.
Pacquiao’s bout with Floyd Mayweather which was dubbed as the Fight of the Century last May 2, 2015 garnered 4.4 million PPV buys — the richest bout in history.
McGregor’s intersport fight with Mayweather called The Money Fight last August 26, 2017 tallied 4.3 million buys.
Pacquiao, 41, owns a 62-7-2 record. He last fought back in July 20, 2019, defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA World Welterweight Championship.
On the other hand, McGregor (Boxing: 0-1, MMA: 22-4) last fought back in January 20, knocking out Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas. He eventually announced his retirement back on June 6.