Pacquiao camp confirms McGregor talks


Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao
Pacquiao (right) lost in 2015 to Mayweather, the only man McGregor has previously fought in professional boxing

Manny Pacquiao’s special assistant says that the eight-weight world champion hopes to fight Conor McGregor in 2021.

Jayke Joson added that a “huge portion” of Pacquiao’s earnings would go to help coronavirus victims in the 41-year-old’s native Philippines.

Former two-weight UFC champion McGregor, 32,tweeted on Fridaythat the the Irishman would be “boxing Pacquiao next in the Middle East”.

“We don’t deny it,” Joson said in a statement on Saturday.

While nothing has been signed yet, he added that negotiation between the two camps “is now starting to move on” and that both fighters are “getting ready for this one epic last boxing fight”.

Pacquiao is the only boxer ever to hold world titles in eight different divisions and in his last fight in July 2019 hebeat Keith Thurmanto become the oldest welterweight champion in history.

He now has a 62-7 record, with two draws, while McGregor’s last fight – awin over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246in January – gave him a 22-4 record in mixed martial arts.

His only previous professional boxing fight was aloss to Floyd Mayweatherin August 2017.

The Las Vegas fight was one of the richest bouts in boxing history and generated more than £450m through 4.3m pay-per-view buys in North America, second only to 4.6m forMayweather’s win over Pacquiao in 2015.


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