Conor McGregor coming out of retirement for Manny Pacquiao boxing match
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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. 

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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. 

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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.