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Conor McGregor, Manny Pacquiao announce fights McGregor says will be in the Middle East

The former double UFC champion drops a bomb on Twitter.

Conor McGregor attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

UPDATE: An aide to Manny Pacquiao has confirmed Conor McGregor’s tweets, that a fight will happen and is planned for 2021.

Well hello there, superfight fans.

And if that seems like it came out of left field, that’s because it did. But as a draw this matchup would be massive box office for the participants. Having one of the best MMA fighters ever fight one of the best boxers of all time (despite his advanced age, Pacquiao is 41) in the squared circle will draw eyeballs and dollars from across the world.

The last time McGregor did this in his bout with Floyd Mayweather, it added about $100 million to his bank account. This might not make those kinds of dollars, but it could get very close.

McGregor started with a thread about his difficulties in getting a fight, and even posted screenshots of his DM’s with Dana White. But he finished with the closer that he intends to fight one of the best boxers of his generation in the ring at some point in the future.

And believe it or not, someone had a line for this matchup before it was even announced.

It’s not like McGregor doesn’t occasionally do things just to stir up controversy or kick the hornets nest on social media, so we’ll see how far along this potentially might be shortly. But it appears there’s a chance we’ll see “The Notorious MMA” in a ring instead of a cage as his next prizefight.