Conor McGregor: “I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East”

Conor McGregor says the next time we see him compete, it’ll be in a boxing ring.

The Irishman took to Twitter on Friday evening to share a number of thoughts with combat sports fans, in particular how he’d been attempting to be booked in a fight as early as February — just weeks after his contest with Donald Cerrone earlier this year.

McGregor shared various images of correspondence between himself and UFC president Dana White, in which he repeatedly asked White to find him a fight, before the coronavirus brought talks to a halt as the world began to shut down.

“3 weeks post my last record breaking event, I was campaigning for another blockbuster McGregor event to take place,” McGregor wrote. “Sad about my season I must say … I was pushing hard for the season. 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.”

Then, McGregor dropped a bombshell.

“Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East,” he wrote.

Fans will remember earlier this year, McGregor tweeted a cryptic “I accept” in Pacquiao’s native Filipino language. It seems that was a far more real acceptance than many realised at the time.