Conor McGregor is ready to give boxing another go and has announced he will fight Manny Pacquiao next. Writing on Twitter, the Irishman said: “I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”
He added: “It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight.”
The announcement came after a series of tweets showing correspondence between McGregor and UFC president Dana White.
It’s thought the match would take place in late December or early January.
However, McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, told ESPN on Friday said the fight is not a done deal year.
According to Attar, the Middle East is just one of a few locations being considered to host the boxing match.
He also said the UFC was on board with the idea of hosting McGregor vs Pacquiao.
Following the Pacquiao fight, McGregor’s manager said the plan was for the Irishman to return to the UFC in 2021.
In further tweets, McGregor expressed frustration with the lack of fights this year.
Posting conversations between himself and UFC boss White from March, McGregor said he has pushed for his “own schedules bouts”.
He wrote: “Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout. All to take place back to back.
“Then when covid hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation.
“I was waiting long enough at that stage.”
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McGregor’s net worth stands at $48 million (£38m), according to Forbes.
The Irish MMA fighter banked more than $30 million (£23.5m) for his first-round knock out of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January 2020.
According to the business magazine, he ranks 16th on the list of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2020.
McGregor has earned $32 million (£25m) from his winnings in matches, and $16 million (£12.5m) on his endorsements.
His sponsorship deal with American footwear and clothing company Reebok was renewed in 2018.
McGregor is thought to be earning some $5million (£3.9m) per year from the deal.
He is also making good money from his own Irish whiskey distiller Proper No. Twelve, which he launched in 2018.
The brand is now available in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Russia and the US.
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