The ring legend’s office made the announcement in a statement and confirmed that Pacquiao’s earnings from the fight will go towards victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement from Pacquiao’s office read: ‘For the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year.’
‘The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic.’
The statement added that Pacquiao and McGregor were “getting ready for this one epic last boxing fight” in the Middle East next year.
It marks the return of McGregor, who retired from UFC earlier this summer, the third time in four years he has made such an announcement.
In 2017, the former two-weight UFC champion lost to American boxing legend Floyd Mayweather , and has previously hinted that he wanted to take on Mayweather’s former rival Pacquiao