Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao desires to combat Irish blended martial arts big name Conor McGregor within the ring subsequent 12 months, an aide stated in a commentary Saturday.
"For the sake of all of the Filipino Covid-19 sufferers, Senator Manny Pacquiao shall be combating UFC famous person Conor McGregor subsequent 12 months," Pacquiao's particular assistant JaykeJoson stated, including negotiations are ongoing.
The combat may well be staged within the Heart East after the coronavirus pandemic abates, the aide stated, including Pacquiao would donate a portion of his prize income to Filipino Covid-19 sufferers.
Pacquiao's promoter Sean Gibbons previous informed AFP in Los Angeles that the eight-division global champion was once mulling a imaginable comeback combat with McGregor, despite the fact that the 2 camps had been a "good distance" from settlement.
Previous Friday, McGregor, 32, stated on Twitter he was once "boxing Manny Pacquiao subsequent within the Heart East."
"It’s going to be a real honour to have confronted two of the best boxers of the fashionable generation," McGregor added.
Pacquiao, 41, has now not fought since claiming the WBA welterweight crown with a surprising victory over Keith Thurman in Las Vegas in July final 12 months.
A bout towards McGregor, who confronted welterweight king Floyd Mayweather in a money-spinning 2017 combat, would ensure Pacquiao some other profitable payday as he nears the top of an illustrious boxing profession.
Regardless of his technical knockout loss to Mayweather in his boxing debut, McGregor had proven that he was once in a position to difficult "the most productive boxers on the earth", Gibbons stated.
"Our legal professionals are finalising all of the confidential main points, however each opponents are getting able for this one epic final boxing combat," Joson stated.
Pacquiao has effectively mixed a political profession within the Philippines, the place he’s an elected senator, whilst proceeding to field on the absolute best degree.
He had became professional in his teenagers 25 years in the past and owns a 62-7-2 win-loss-draw file with 39 knockouts.
"His major center of attention at the moment is to assist right here and there, offering reduction, refuge, cash and meals, amongst different must haves," Joson stated.
The virus has inflamed 301,000 other folks within the Philippines and killed greater than 5,000.