A mega-fight capable of racking up crazy pay-per – view figures.
As boxing meets MMA once again, Manny Pacquiao has announced that he will fight Conor McGregor in the Middle East next year, The Independent reported.
After vowing to walk away from the octagon for a third time in four years, the UFC superstar was supposedly withdrawn from fighting, but the 32-year-old generated hype on Friday by announcing a mega fight against the legendary Filipino.
McGregor will hope to prove his worth in the boxing ring once again after losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2017 by knockout, this time against a much smaller opponent, with the 41-year-old corroborating his assertion, the report said.
“Senator Manny Pacquiao will fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year for the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims,” said Pacquiao ‘s office.
A “massive portion of his earnings” will be donated to those who are affected by the pandemic in the Philippines, they added.
In Southeast Asia , the Philippines has the most reported Covid-19 infections and the region’s second-highest number of deaths from coronaviruses, next to Indonesia, the study said.
On Saturday, the cumulative confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Philippines exceeded 300,000, while deaths increased to 5,284.
McGregor had previously taken to Twitter, saying it would be an honor to share the ring with the world champion of eight divisions, the article said.
McGregor said, “I’m boxing next to Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East.” “Having faced two of the best boxers of the modern period would be a real honour.”
The 41-year-old Pacquiao is the only man in boxing history to win world titles in eight different divisions, whose pace and power trump his age.
In July 2019, he last battled, beating Keith Thurman to take his record to 62 victories and seven losses, with two draws, the study said.
Billed as “The Greatest Fight in the History of Combat Sports,” McGregor vs Mayweather was one of the most lucrative bouts of all time , producing pay-per – view sales of £ 450 million ( US$ 580 million).
The battle itself produced few fireworks as Mayweather won with relative ease, smartly biding his time and dragging McGregor into the deep end.
It was announced that the disclosed paycheque guaranteed by Mayweather was US$ 100 million and the disclosed paycheque guaranteed by McGregor was US$ 30 million.
The purse for the two fighters, however, was anticipated to be considerably higher for each, with Mayweather officially earning US$ 280 million from the fight and McGregor earning US$ 130 million.
McGregor vs Pacquiao, particularly in the Philippines where Pacquiao is extremely common, would probably also generate enormous interest and crazy money.
But both fighters have a massive worldwide fan base, and boxing fans predict that in the Covid era, the pay-per – view tally from sports-hungry fans will surpass US$ 750 million, a modern-day record.