Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao announced a major move forward in regards to landing his massive crossover megafight against UFC superstar Conor McGregor. The 41-year-old boxing legend from the Philippines revealed via social media on Sunday that he finally signed on the dotted line with McGregor’s management team, Paradigm Sports Management.
Pacquiao posted, “Excited to have officially partnered with @ParadigmSports for the support of my family, team, and fans as I continue my professional boxing journey. Big things coming! Stay tuned!”
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Excited to have officially partnered with @ParadigmSports 🥊👊🏼Grateful for the support of my family, team, and fans as I continue my professional boxing journey. Big things coming! Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/bawoPAGv4H
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) October 11, 2020
Pacquiao’s announcement was huge news for McGregor who could now be on his way to two scoring two massive superfights: one against Pacquiao in a boxing match and another one inside the UFC’s Octagon against Dustin Poirier.
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Pacquiao vs. McGregor Closer Than Ever Now
Pacquiao previously told Daily Mail he hadn’t actually signed with McGregor’s management team as previously reported by the company back in February, and that for the superfight boxing meach to go forward Pacquiao would want to be one of the event’s co-promoters.
Nevermind the statement purported to be from Pacquiao in the original press release seven months prior.
“I am proud to partner with Paradigm Sports Management and am excited for the opportunities that Audie Attar and PSM have to offer,” Pacquiao said via that release. “One thing I want everyone to remember is to always think positively. Never think negatively; that is the beginning of your downfall. Everything is possible.”
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Paradigm Sports Management. Honesty, integrity, loyalty, commitment! A solid crew with a dedicated, life changing work ethic for all of our athletes, our clients, and our partners! So proud of this amazing company! Ten years strong! Wow! Here’s to the next 100, let’s go! @paradigmsports
Pacquiao was now claiming he never signed with McGregor’s management team.
But Pacquiao is now officially confirming that he’s part of the Paradigm Sports Management team, and that means another big domino has fallen in regards to the potential Pacquiao vs. McGregor boxing match becoming a reality.
McGregor Eyeing 2 Superfights in Total
McGregor had already announced he would be facing Pacquiao in a crossover boxing match next year, but it was later reported that the fight hadn’t actually been signed.
While that also remains true at the present moment, it now appears closer than ever to happening after Pacquiao announced his big news on Sunday.
Both McGregor and Pacquiao have already expressed their desires to make the fight happen. Now, both have the same management team, so the bout should be on its way.
Amazingly, though, McGregor also appears to be heading into a UFC rematch against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier later this year.
Just a few days ago, McGregor posted, “Hello Dustin! I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020. I’m ready for Nov 21st, given that cards recent injury issues, as well as any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th. I’ll also still donate the $500k to The Good Fight Foundation.”
Hello Dustin! I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020. I’m ready for Nov 21st, given that cards recent injury issues, as well as any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th. I’ll also still donate the $500k to The Good Fight Foundation 🙏 https://t.co/23hN4AHtoI
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 8, 2020
Now, the two UFC stars seem only to be waiting on the UFC to choose the date and officially announce the fight.
McGregor Attempting Remarkable Feat
McGregor might not have wanted to take so much time off this year, something ultimately forced on him by the COVID-19 pandemic, but now it looks like he has huge plans to help make up for all that lost time in a hurry.
McGregor vs. Poirier 2 could happen at UFC 255 on November 21 or at UFC 256 on December 12.
Then, McGregor vs. Pacquiao inside a boxing ring could be on its way right after that.
Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook.
I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
That would put McGregor in two massive superfights in just a matter of months in two different combat sports against two elite opponents.
Just participating in both events would be a massive accomplishment for McGregor. Nobody has ever done that before in such a short timeframe.
Winning one or both of the contests would be one of the most remarkable feats in the history of combat sports.
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