Conor McGregor claims his next fight is against Manny Pacquiao

Conor McGregor claimed he was set to fight Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East in his next outing.

McGregor, a former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, sensationally retired in June, but it was hinted earlier this month that the Irishman would return next year.

After a long Twitter rant during which he vented his frustration at a lack of action this year — his only fight has been a win over Donald Cerrone in January — McGregor said he was set for a return to boxing.

McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017 and is now set to meet the 41-year-old Pacquiao.

“I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East,” he wrote. “It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight.”

Pacquiao (62-7-2) fought twice last year, winning the WBA (Super) welterweight title by beating Keith Thurman in July 2019.

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