Conor McGregor, the renowned MMA star, has finally revealed his highly anticipated return to the Octagon after being sidelined for more than two years due to a broken tibia suffered in his bout against Dustin Poirier in July 2021. McGregor, who holds an impressive record of 22 wins out of 28 MMA fights, has also expressed interest in a potential boxing match against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
In an interview in Saudi Arabia, where he is attending Tyson Fury's Battle of the Baddest fight with Francis Ngannou, McGregor disclosed his plans to make a comeback in April. While he had initially aimed for a potential fight in December, he acknowledged the need to be honest with himself and his fans about his readiness to return. He emphasized feeling fully healed and in a good spot both physically and mentally, with April being the perfect time for his comeback.
During the interview, McGregor discussed the possibility of a boxing match against Manny Pacquiao, revealing that discussions had taken place in the past about fighting in Saudi Arabia. McGregor credited Saudi Arabia's growing presence in combat sports and highlighted the significance of someone from the MMA realm challenging the dominance of boxing. However, he made it clear that his immediate focus is on his return to MMA.
McGregor's statements have sparked anticipation among fight fans, who eagerly await his next opponent in the octagon. While a specific date and opponent are yet to be confirmed, McGregor's comeback in April is bound to attract significant attention and generate excitement in the world of mixed martial arts.
Manny Pacquiao, the revered Filipino boxer and former professional boxer, has also been in McGregor's radar, with the Irishman hinting at the possibility of a future boxing match between the two sports icons. Pacquiao, known as 'PacMan,' boasts an illustrious career with 62 wins out of 72 total fights, including 39 knockouts, and holds the distinction of being the only eight-division world champion in boxing history.
As MMA continues to gain popularity, the potential crossover fights and collaborations between boxing and mixed martial arts are becoming increasingly interesting to both fans and promoters. With McGregor's imminent return and his expressed interest in challenging the boxing realm, the combat sports landscape is set for an exhilarating chapter in the coming months.