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Pac­quiao con­firms fight with McGre­gor next year

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>>MANILA: Philip­pine box­ing icon Manny Pac­quiao wants to fight Ir­ish mixed mar­tial arts star Conor McGre­gor in the ring next year, an aide said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“For the sake of all the Filipino Covid19 victims, Se­na­tor Manny Pac­quiao will be fight­ing UFC su­per­star Conor McGre­gor next year,” Pac­quiao’s spe­cial as­sis­tant Jayke Jo­son said, adding ne­go­ti­a­tions are on­go­ing.

The fight could be staged in the Mid­dle East af­ter the coro­n­avirus pan­demic abates, the aide said, adding Pac­quiao would do­nate a por­tion of his prize earn­ings to Filipino Covid-19 victims.

Pac­quiao’s promoter Sean Gib­bons ear­lier told AFP in Los An­ge­les that the eight-di­vi­sion world cham­pion was mulling a pos­si­ble come­back fight with McGre­gor, though the two camps were a “long way” from agree­ment.

Ear­lier on Fri­day, McGre­gor, 32, said on Twit­ter he was “box­ing Manny Pac­quiao next in the Mid­dle East”.

“It will be a true hon­our to have faced two of the great­est box­ers of the mod­ern era,” McGre­gor added.

Pac­quiao, 41, has not fought since claim­ing the WBA wel­ter­weight crown with a stun­ning vic­tory over Keith Thur­man in Las Ve­gas in July last year.

A bout against McGre­gor, who faced wel­ter­weight king Floyd May­weather in a money-spin­ning 2017 fight, would guar­an­tee Pac­quiao an­other lu­cra­tive pay­day as he nears the end of an il­lus­tri­ous box­ing ca­reer.

De­spite his tech­ni­cal knock­out loss to May­weather in his box­ing de­but, McGre­gor had shown that he was ca­pa­ble of chal­leng­ing “the best box­ers in the world”, Gib­bons said.

“Our lawyers are fi­nal­is­ing all the con­fi­den­tial de­tails, but both fight­ers are get­ting ready for this one epic last box­ing fight,” Jo­son said.

 ??  ?? BOX­ING ICON: Manny Pac­quiao.
BOX­ING ICON: Manny Pac­quiao.
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UFC SU­PER­STAR: Conor McGre­gor.

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