Manny Pacquiao, Conor McGregor in talks for April showdown


Twitter reacts to the bonkers speculation linking Manny Pacquiao to a boxing matchup with the UFC's lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.

"I think we'll give him a fight against a top welterweight where we're confident or hope that Manny will be successful and then have him fight the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford victor in the fall", he said. "It is OK with both of us", Pacquiao, 38, has been quoted as saying.

"Initially", Pacquiao said. "But we have not yet had any follow-up conversations". "Stay fit my friend", Pacquaio wrote in the caption.

McGregor meanwhile has yet to defend the UFC Lightweight title he won over a year ago and calls are growing for him to either return to the octagon of be stripped of the title.

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However, it remains to be seen whether he is really serious about this, or if it is just a ploy to pressure the UFC into give him a favorable deal as there's no guarantee he would walk straight into a big money fight over in the boxing ring either. That fight came five months after Diaz submitted McGregor in their first fight at UFC 196.

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He lost his WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn in Australia, in what was later termed as a controversial decision.

Pacquiao, who is treated like a national hero in his home country, parlayed his boxing fame into a political career, getting elected to the influential Philippine Senate in 2016.

Following extravaganza 2017 which made history in combat sports, with the MMA fighter stepping inside the square circle, there is reportedly another blockbuster fight in talks.

However, he also stressed that McGregor is only one of a few possible opponents when he ends his ring absence next year.

"It depends who they can finalise as my opponent by April", Pacquiao said, stressing that the match had to be held during the lengthy Senate recess.