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Conor McGregor fuels speculation about Manny Pacquiao fight via Tweet

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McGregor Tweeted “I accept” in Tagalog.

UFC 246: McGregor v Cerrone Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC superstar and one-time boxing mega-draw Conor McGregor has once again fueled speculation about a possible boxing showdown with Manny Pacquiao, sending out this Tweet on Friday:

In Tagalog, McGregor says, “I accept.”

Obviously, McGregor plays a lot of games via social media — he retires about three times per year — but with Pacquiao and Terence Crawford reportedly nowhere near a deal, that does leave the 41-year-old Pacquiao with options, and whether anyone likes it or not, Pacquiao-McGregor is far, far bigger than any boxing fight Pacquiao can take other than a Floyd Mayweather rematch, and that seems even less likely.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 38 KO) last fought in July 2019, beating Keith Thurman to win the WBA welterweight title and reestablishing himself as a top fighter at 147 pounds. He’s also still about as big a draw and star as there is in the sport, in spite of his age and the fact that he’s certainly slowed down as a result of said age.

McGregor last fought in UFC on Jan. 18, wiping out veteran Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds, and remains a major draw in any and all combat sports. He famously lost to Floyd Mayweather in the second-biggest PPV fight of all time in 2017 when he made a crossover to boxing.

And this idea has floated around for a while now, and gained some more steam in mid-February, when Pacquiao signed a deal with Paradigm Sports Management, who also represent McGregor.

The reality for all fighters right now is reduced purses, but Pacquiao-McGregor could be the sort of pay-per-view draw, even without a live gate and all that comes with having fans in an arena, where the fighters get paid at least somewhat close to what they normally might. You just can’t dismiss the idea, is all I’m saying.