Conor McGregor coming out of retirement for Manny Pacquiao boxing match

Conor McGregor coming out of retirement for Manny Pacquiao boxing match

CONOR MCGREGOR has announced he is coming out of retirement for a one-off boxing match with Manny Pacquaio. 

It marks yet another sensational U-turn for the former two-wight UFC champion, who announced his retirement from fighting back in June – his third retirement in the space of just four years. 

Now the 32-year-old looks set to face-off against the Filipino boxing great in a money-spinning bout set to be held in the Middle East. 

The Irishman confirmed the news on social media. 

"It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era," the Irishman tweeted. 

McGregor also posted a video on Instagram of himself shadow boxing in a ring. 

The bout will be McGregor’s first boxing match since making his professional bow in a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, held back in 2017. 

It was a fight that generated a massive £450m payday for those involved, with more than 4.3m pay-per-view buys recorded in the US alone. 

Organisers will be hoping for a similar turnout for this bout with Pacquaio currently holding the record for the greatest number of pay-per-view buys for a single fight. 

That record was set back in 2015 when he fought Mayweather. 

McGregor’s return to boxing is a surprising one. 

He last took to the ring back in January, recording a resounding comebck triumph over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. 

McGregor had been hoping for a quick return to the octagon, but the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with his retirement, put paid to those plans – for now.