Conor McGregor says he is returning to the ring.
The UFC star said Friday he is “boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East,” which would be his second career pro boxing match after squaring off with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017.
“It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight,” McGregor tweeted Friday afternoon.
McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, told ESPN the two sides are in serious talks for a match but it was not yet finalized. If the deal gets done, the fight would happen in late December or early January, according to the report.
McGregor, who announced in June that he was retiring from fighting — for the third time — lost to Mayweather via TKO in the 10th round of their match in August of 2017. The live gate for the fight was $55,414,865.79 and it reportedly drew 4.3 million pay-per-view buys on Showtime.
The 32-year-old Irishman last fought in January at UFC 246, knocking out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds.
The 41-year-old Pacquiao, who briefly retired in 2016, has not fought since last July, when he won a split decision over Keith Thurman to earn the WBA super welterweight title.
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