With his actual boxing career just about over, Manny Pacquiao wants to go out with a big money feast – it is Thanksgiving after all. Following in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather, the former eight-division world champion is calling out UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
“Happy Thanksgiving @TheNotoriousMMA. Stay fit my friend. #realboxinfmatch #2018,” Pacquiao tweeted.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KO’s), 40, defeated McGregor by 10th-round TKO on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The live gate generated approximately $55.4 million, and the former five-weight world champion earned a guaranteed $100 million from the event, but his rival will probably not get so lucky.
McGregor has not fought in the UFC in over a year and has yet to defend his lightweight title. He was also handed a two-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission days following the Mayweather bout, which essentially sidelined him for the rest of the year.
Pacquiao is the second boxer in less than a week who to call out the face of the UFC. Boxing legend and Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya issued a challenge to McGregor during an appearance on Golden Boy Radio.
“You know I’m competitive. I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training, bro, secretly training. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight,” he said. “Two rounds. Just one more [fight]. I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say. You heard it on Golden Boy Radio. Two rounds, that’s all I need.”
With Mayweather dropping multiple hints at a potential comeback in recent weeks – the surefire future Hall of Famer posted his third Instagram training video in a month over the weekend – this could be another lame attempt by Pacquiao and De La Hoya to get rematches.
Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO’s), 38, has not fought since July when he lost his welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a controversial unanimous decision.