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Boxing: Manny Pacquiao set to take on Conor McGregor in 2021

Manny Pacquiao set to take on Conor McGregor in 2021

Manny Pacquiao set to take on Conor McGregor in 2021

Manny Pacquiao set to take on Conor McGregor in 2021.

Manny Pacquiao has confirmed he will be fighting Conor McGregor in the Middle East next year.

It marks a sensational return to fighting for McGregor, who retired from UFC earlier this summer, the third time he has made such an announcement in four years.

McGregor and Pacquiao are two of the biggest fighting stars worldwide with the former the first ever UFC champion to hold two belts in different divisions simultaneously and the latter an eight-weight world boxing champion.

Pacquiao last fought in July 2019, defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA world welterweight title while McGregor obliterated Donald Cerrone in his comeback UFC fight in January.

McGregor has famously switched codes before, when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in a money-spinning boxing fight back in August 2017 and has since regularly spoken about his desire to return to the ring again.

Pacquiao, now a Senator in the Phillipines, also announced that his earnings from the fight will go towards victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

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