Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao getting closer as boxing legend signs for UFC icon's management companyOctober 12, 2020
MANNY PACQUIAO has signed with Conor McGregor's management company in a huge boost to their boxing fight going ahead.
The two sporting legends announced they would step into the ring for a money-spinner, likely to take place in the Middle East.
It would be McGregor's second venture into boxing after he fought, and lost, to one of the sport's greatest ever in Floyd Mayweather back in 2017.
Now Pacquiao signing with Paradigm Sports should make the nitty-gritty of negotiations for the scrap a whole lot easier.
It will also help him in his bid to co-promote the fight, something he said he was keen to happen.
Pacquiao wrote shared a photo of him holding the contract on Twitter.
He wrote: "Excited to have officially partnered with Paradigm Sports.
"Grateful for the support of my family, team, and fans as I continue my professional boxing journey. Big things coming! Stay tuned!"
Pacquiao, 41, is currently the WBA welterweight title holder after beating Keith Thurman in July last year.
It has been confirmed that Pacquiao will not put his belt on the line when the two fighters meet.
That is because the fight will be a money-spinning exhibition fight in the Middle East.
According to World Boxing News, Pacquiao does not have a mandatory challenger for his belt but does have a ‘regular’ champion, ‘interim’ champion, and ‘gold’ champion chasing a shot.
It means he is under no obligation to put his WBA title belt on the line.
Pacquiao recently revealed how he was willing to fight the 32-year-old but only if he acts as co-promoter.
McGregor, meanwhile has officially been offered a fight against Dustin Poirier in January – but the Irishman wants to return THIS YEAR.
Both fighters agreed to a charity exhibition to take place in December, without the UFC's involvement.
But it caught the attention of UFC president Dana White, who then gave the pair the chance to instead fight in the octagon.
According to ESPN, January 23 has been put forward to the pair, which would come 12 months after McGregor's last win.
The Irishman – who beat Poirier at featherweight in 2014 – has accepted the fight.
But he is desperate to squeeze the rematch in before the year's out, instead of waiting till January.
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