Conor McGregor calls out Manny Pacquiao in cryptic response to birthday message

Conor McGregor has only just retired – but he is already eyeing his next bout after calling out Manny Pacquiao.

The UFC superstar announced he was giving up the sport for the third time in four years just a few weeks ago.

He was sent a birthday message from boxing legend Pacquiao as he turned 32 this week.

And McGregor hinted he was keen on doing battle as he replied: "Thank you Emmanuel, 170."

The post seemed to indicate the Irishman calling out Pacquiao for a fight at 170lbs, but it was unclear form the short message whether he wants to do battle in a boxing ring or The Octagon.

McGregor made the crossover to boxing for his money-spinning bout with Pacquiao's rival, Floyd Mayweather, back in August 2017.

He gave a solid account of himself before being stopped by the unbeaten champion in the 10th round.

A bulked-up McGregor last appeared in The Octagon in January, demolishing Donald Cerrone in the first round of his comeback fight as he weighed a career-heaviest 170lbs.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, has been a world champion in a record eight weight classes but never fought above 154lbs and generally fights at welterweight, almost two stone below McGregor's 170lb suggestion.

Fans have still speculated they could meet in the ring in response to McGregor's tweet.

One said: "Both of you are legends and you respect each other but still it’d be a banging match."

Another posted: "Just f***ing do it."

A third tweeted: "Make it happen. We want to see you put on a show."

Announcing his retirement from UFC last month, McGregor told ESPN he was "bored of the game".

He said: "The game just does not excite me, and that's that.

"All this waiting around. There's nothing happening. I'm going through opponent options, and there's nothing really there at the minute. There's nothing that's exciting me."

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