Conor McGregor wants to fight Manny Pacquiao after UFC comeback against Dustin Poirier

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Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor of Ireland attends a media briefing in central Moscow on October 24, 2019 to announce his next MMA combat schedule on January 18, 2020 in Las-Vegas 0:49
McGregor last January: We are holding Pacquiao talks

Conor McGregor has targeted a boxing return against Manny Pacquiao after agreeing his next UFC fight.

"Then Manny," McGregor tweeted on Wednesday night while accepting a rematch with Dustin Poirier for January 23.

Pacquiao signed up to the same management company, Paradigm, that handles McGregor's affairs earlier this week.

<<enter caption here>>in their featherweight fight during the UFC 178 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Image: McGregor KO'd Poirier when they last met

Then McGregor insisted he planned a rematch with UFC rival Poirier because he fights out of the same stance as Pacquiao.

"Correct. Southpaw box style," McGregor tweeted.

"Continue to sharpen my MMA skills with some tough competition, while leading into my Manny bout preparation.

"It's not easy going between both sports and then coming back to the one sport again.

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"Just want to keep sharp guys, that's all. It's only fair."

UFC president Dana White said "I have no idea" about talks for McGregor to return to the boxing ring.

But McGregor hit back on social media: "You have been involved in Manny talks - the legal letters are there."

Pacquiao fought in the richest fight ever against Mayweather in 2015
Image: Pacquiao fought in the richest fight ever against Mayweather in 2015

McGregor lost his boxing debut to Floyd Mayweather, who then retired with a 50-0 record, in 2017.

The Irishman claimed "I'm fighting Pacquiao next" last month.

He has been mentioning Pacquiao since the start of 2020 when, in the build-up to his most recent UFC win in January, he claimed to be in talks for a boxing match.

Pacquiao then greeted McGregor's UFC win with a teasing congratulations.

"It's me and Manny," McGregor said at his post-fight press conference.

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