MMA megastar Conor McGregor said he was returning to the boxing ring to face Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao after getting frustrated fighting in the UFC Octagon.

McGregor announced in June that he was retiring from the UFC, citing the lack of enthusiasm about the options available.

A comeback win followed in January, with Irishman defeating Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone just 40 seconds after his welterweight bout in Las Vegas.

The 32-year-old has now opened the lid of what he believes were failed attempts to start his post-Cerrone “season” and shared a series of screenshots from conversations with UFC chief Dana White.

“3 weeks after my last record event, I was campaigning for another blockbuster McGregor event. Sorry about my season, I have to say,” tweeted McGregor.

He added: “I pushed hard for the season. Multiple opponents, multiple dates were offered. Everything was supposed to happen one after the other. When Covid hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for the crowd again, I walked away the situation. Me I’ve waited long enough at this point. “

3 weeks after my last record event, I campaigned for another blockbuster McGregor event. I have to say sad about my season 😔

– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020

I pushed hard for the season. Several opponents, several dates in the entire offer. Everything should take place back to back. Then when Covid hit and it was said that I would have to wait for the crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I’ve waited long enough at this point.

– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020

McGregor then dropped the bombshell claim that he was planning to compete against eight-man boxing champion Pacquiao in a Middle Eastern competition.

“Anyway, any water under the bridge that gives a fook. I’m going to box Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East next,” he tweeted.

“It will be a real honor to see two of the greatest boxers of the modern age for fear of fighting.”

Anyway, all the water under the bridge that gives a fook. I’m going to box Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East next.

– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020

It will be a real honor to see two of the greatest boxers of modern times for fear of a fight.

– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020

Some fans will be skeptical of the tweets, given the nature of McGregor’s frequent social media noise, despite previously expressing an interest in facing the 41-year-old boxing icon.

Earlier this year, McGregor tweeted “I Accept” in Pacquiao’s native Filipino, which many took as an indication that he had trained his view of a showdown.



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McGregor and Pacquiao share the same manager, Audie Attar, who allegedly said the two are in talks to fight, although nothing is confirmed.

McGregor traded MMA for boxing in 2017 when he met Floyd Mayweather in one of the most lucrative bouts of all time in Las Vegas.

McGregor put on a show that surprised many before being stopped in the 10th round by the undefeated former five-weight world champion.

Pacquiao’s fitness trainer Justin Fortune warned, however, that the outcome would be very different if he faced the Filipino.

READ MORE: “He Would OBLITERATE Him”: Pacquiao Trainer Says A Fight With “Bum” Conor McGregor Would End Much Quicker Than Fighting Mayweather

Pacquiao was last seen in July 2019 when he defeated Keith Thurman by a separate decision to win the WBA Welterweight (Super) title and become the oldest champion in the division’s history.

“Manny will destroy Conor McGregor within three turns. He will wipe him out too quickly and too strongly as an amazing fighter. McGregor is nothing, “Fortune told the Manila Times.

“I mean, my god, this is boxing, we are boxers. McGregor is an MMA guy and we can’t do MMA and he can’t box, it’s very easy. “

If what McGregor is saying is true, we may have a chance to find out.

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