Conor Mcgregor Says He Will Be Boxing Against Manny Pacquiao In The Middle East

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775230610 ORIG FILE ID: 1050083468

Despite announcing his retirement for the third time a few months back, Conor McGregor is now hinting a return to the combat sports world. But instead of stepping into the UFC octagon, the Irish mixed martial arts icon is reportedly eyeing another round in the squared circle. Back in 2017, McGregor faced Floyd Mayweather in a lucrative professional boxing match where he exceeded expectations but ultimately lost by TKO in Round 10.

Taking to Twitter, McGregor claimed that he will be facing current WBA Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East. Adding fuel to the claim, reports note that McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, has confirmed that both sides are in serious talks and that a deal could be reached for a late December 2020 or early January 2021 bout.

Despite showing his focus on picking up the boxing gloves again, McGregor also confirmed that he hasn’t turned his back on MMA just yet. Going on to share his conversation with UFC President Dana White about a rumored Los Angeles event, suggesting an unexpected fight with Diego Sanchez in Dublin and making a bid for Interim Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje.