By Chisanga Malata, courtesy of The Daily Star
MANNY PACQUIAO has expressed his interest in boxing Conor McGregor.
McGregor, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, entered the boxing world in August to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr in a multi-million-pound bout.
Ireland’s first UFC belt holder entered the contest with no boxing experience to his name but more than held his own against the former five-weight world champion.
However, he was soon overcome by fatigue, which paved the way for Mayweather to register a tenth-round TKO victory.
Immediately after his unsuccessful boxing debut, McGregor refused to rule out the opportunity of returning to the ring.
And it seems that Pacquiao wants to be the man to be McGregor’s second opponent in the squared circle.
Pacquiao revealed his desire to face the UFC superstar in posts on his Twitter and Instagram pages, which featured a picture of McGregor relaxing on a chair.
The accompanying caption read: “Happy Thanksgiving @TheNotoriousMMA Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018.”
The likelihood of McGregor facing Pacquiao is very slim given the fact he hasn’t fought in the UFC in over a year and has yet to defend his lightweight title.
Pacquiao’s call out of McGregor has made him the second boxer in the space of a week to try to bag themselves a fight with the UFC’s poster boy.
Last Thursday, Olympic gold medallist and former six-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya issued a challenge to ‘Mystic Mac’ during an appearance on ‘Golden Boy Radio’, saying: "You know I'm competitive. I still have it in me.
"I've been secretly training, secretly training. I'm faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more [fight]. I'm calling him out.
“Two rounds, that's all I need. That's all I'm going to say. You heard it on Golden Boy Radio. Two rounds, that's all I need."