By Jordan Seward For Mailonline
Published: 20:13 BST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 20:38 BST, 25 September 2020
Conor McGregor has made sensational claims he will fight Manny Pacquiao in a blockbuster clash in the Middle East.
The retired UFC star released a flurry of tweets on Friday night as he tried to explain the reasoning behind his decision to walk away from the sport earlier this summer, and even showed private Instagram messages between him and Dana White.
McGregor was keen to fight on several cards but revealed that he decided to announce his retirement - his third in just four years - when the coronavirus pandemic hit after being told he would have to wait until fans could return.
Conor McGregor has claimed he will fight Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East
McGregor made the claims during a rant on social media about his decision to quit the UFC
WBA world champion Pacquiao has been linked with fighting McGregor for some tim
From the messages, which were exchanged back in February, McGregor had asked White to be put on multiple bills or for an event of his own, mentioning Justin Gaethje and Diego Sanchez as possible opponents.
'I was pushing hard for the season. Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout,' McGregor began his post on Twitter on Friday night. 'All to take place back to back. Then when covid hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I was waiting long enough at that stage.'sonos