PHILIPPINE Senator Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division boxing world champion, is set to fight former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor next year, his special assistant Jayke Joson confirmed over the weekend.
“For the sake of all the Filipino COVID-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year,” Jason said on Saturday, September 26.
“The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic,” Joson added.
McGregor also announced that he will be fighting Pacquiao.
“Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East,” the Irish mixed martial arts fighter said in a tweet on Sept. 25.
Joson said negotiations between the two camps are being finalized.
“Regarding the news coming from McGregor himself, we don’t deny it. In fact, our lawyers are finalizing all the confidential details, but both fighters are getting ready for this one epic last boxing fight. According to Paradigm Sports Management head Audie Attar, the fight may happen in the Middle East next year,” he said.
He added, “It is confirmed the negotiation between the camp of Senator Pacquiao and McGregor is now starting to move on. Again as what our senator says, all his fights are dedicated for the welfare and unity of all Filipinos including this one.”
Pacquiao, 41, is the only eight-division world champion as well as the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history. He holds a record of 62 wins, seven losses, and two draws. He won against American boxer Keith Thurman, Jr. in July 2019, earning the WBA super welterweight title.