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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao to fight MMA Conor McGregor in 2021

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WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao listens during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will face WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Both men confirmed that they will fight each other in 2021 most likely in the Middle East. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the coronavirus victims in the Philippines.

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of the “modern era”, will fight Conor McGregor, former two-division UFC World Champion, in 2021 under boxing rules. Date and location are still part of the negotiation: it seems that Middle East could be a potential part of the world where to hold this event. In addition, the match may happen most likely during the second half of 2021 rather than spring or summer.

The first to announce this fight has been Conor McGregor on Twitter: “I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East”. Jayke Joson, special assistant of the Pacquiao’s team, confirmed shortly after the rumor saying “We don’t deny it”. Joson added that both fighters are “getting ready for this one epic last boxing fight”.

Pacquiao, 41 years old, is the only man to win world titles in eight different divisions and he has a record of 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts. Considered by many one of the greatest boxers even in his divisions, Pac-Man is also involved in politics in the Philippines. According to reliable sources, it seems that Pacquiao will donate part of the boxing match proceeds to the coronavirus victims in the Philippines.

McGregor is not new to this sort of events. In 2017, the Irish fighter faced Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas losing at the 10th round in one of the highest-grossing combat sports events of all time.

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