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Manny Pacquiao to face Conor McGregor

Manny Pacquiao's camp confirmed a possible clash with Conor McGregor. Isaac Brekken/AP (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Another boxing-meets-MMA showdown involving UFC superstar Conor McGregor is set to happen, and this time, he is going up against Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao's special assistant, Jayke Joson, confirmed McGregor's tweet on Saturday that a battle between the two fight sports champs is in the works.

"Our lawyers are finalizing all the confidential details," Joson said in a statement.

He also confirmed that the bout, which will likely be under boxing rules like how McGregor faced Floyd Mayweather in 2017, is being eyed to take place somewhere in the Middle East next year.

For now, however, Joson said that Pacquiao's main concern is helping those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our beloved senator doesn't want to talk about boxing since we are in the middle of the pandemic, and this is not the right time for it. His main focus right now is to help here and there, providing relief, shelter, money, and food among other necessities," Joson further stated.

In fact, he added, "The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic."

Pacquiao has been on a long layoff since his last bout, a split decision win over Keith Thurman on July 21, 2019 (Philippine Time) for the WBA welterweight super title.

McGregor, on the other hand, had the more recent fight, needing just 40 seconds to knock out Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on Jan. 19 (Philippine Time).

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