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Manny Pacquiao in talks for boxing return in Saudi Arabia with Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor touted opponents

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MANNY PACQUIAO is in talks to make a boxing return in Saudi Arabia – eyeing fights with Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

The Filipino icon retired in 2021 following defeat to Yordenis Ugas but he has continued to tease a comeback since.

Pacquiao, who been keeping active in exhibition bouts, has met with boxing bosses in Saudi over a return.

And a rematch with Mayweather – who he lost to in 2015 – or a crossover clash against McGregor would be top of his wishlist.

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Pacquiao’s advisor Sean Gibbons told Betway: “We are having discussions and Manny is talking to his Excellency Turki Alalshikh.

“Conor McGregor has said he is fighting in the UFC in June so there’s nothing happening at all there, but it can be revisited alongside Floyd Mayweather.

“They are fights he could do at 100 years old, off the couch with ease.”

McGregor, 35, made his boxing debut in 2017 but lost against Mayweather, 46.

He later held talks with Pacquiao, 45, but a legal dispute between the camps saw the bout collapse.

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Gibbons reiterated that McGregor is currently not an option due to his UFC obligations but the fight remains a fantasy of Pacquiao’s.

He said: “In a dream fight, McGregor would be tremendous.

“Ten years ago, Pacquiao against McGregor wouldn’t have even been competitive but due to the fact Manny is a little older, Conor is still young and really has improved his boxing and gave Mayweather a great run, it would be a great fight.

“So, with the age factor, he could give Manny a good run but there’s no need to even discuss that fight until after June and see if a real fighter comes around and Manny can fight them.”

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