Conor McGregor has sensationally claimed he is set to return to the ring to fight Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East.
The UFC icon, who was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr in a blockbuster fight in 2017, released a flurry of tweets on Friday night.
In the tweets, he posted a photo of his messages to UFC president Dana White, where he showed that he tried to arrange a return to the sport but talks fizzled out.
However, in a parting bombshell, McGregor later tweeted: “Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”
The Irishman had earlier offered himself for a bout in the octagon with Diego Sanchez, who admitted he has given up on his dream of becoming a UFC champion.
Sanchez revealed he wants to be remembered as a great in the sport and outlined his plans to fight McGregor, who has said he is willing to take him up on his offer.
He wrote: “To Diego Sanchez… I seen your recent comments about your final bout and I am in! After you fought Pereira, I had requested for myself and you to compete in Dublin. This was back in February when I was working on opposition for my season, pre covid. Good luck this weekend!”
It is not yet clear where McGregor and Paquiao will fight – or if the the former was 100 per cent genuine in what he was saying.
Legend Filipino bruiser Paquiao, who is regarded as one of the greatest fighters ever, most recently fought in July last year when he beat Keith Thurman in a WBA super world welterweight title defence.
He has not tweeted in response to McGregor’s post.