Conor McGregor revealed that talks are intensifying over a fight with Manny Pacquiao later this year.
A crossover bout between the pair has been rumoured as McGregor looks to a return to the boxing ring for the second time.
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Conor McGregor has been working hard in the gym ahead of his UFC return
The Notorious lost to Floyd Mayweather back in 2017 and that has so far been his only professional bout.
The Irish fighter comes out of retirement to face Dustin Poirier at the UFCs Fight Island on January 24.
But McGregors plans for this year extend beyond mixed martial arts.
“I know that talks are intensifying for [a fight] this year,” the Irishman told The Mac Life about Pacquiao.
“I am excited for a Manny Pacquiao bout and it looks like it will happen this year. What time this year? I am not sure.
“We’ll have to have some good discussions with Dana White and the UFC and see where it goes.
“I am open to it all, ready for it all. I will certainly attain a boxing world title before I call it a day. And I would be excited to do that against Emmanuel Pacquiao.”
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Boxing legend Pacquiao, 42, is an eight-weight world champion with a career record of 62-7.
Pacquiaos last fight came in July 2019 when he beat Keith Thurman by split decision to win the WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
The Filipino boxer has suggested that he could fight McGregor under MMA rules.
“Right now I want to experience fighting in MMA,” Pacquiao told Filipino news outlet BusinessMirror about McGregor.
The pair share Audie Attar as a manager, who recently confirmed that conversations had happened and its a fight they want to make.
Manny Pacquiao is an eight-weight world champion in boxing
He told Bloomberg: “Conor wants to fight Manny. Manny has come out and said he wants to fight Conor.
“As I’ve stated publicly before, we’ve had conversations.
“That is a fight that we’re definitely going to make because both fighters want it, and there seems to be interest from the fans all around the world.”