Shocker: Manny Pacquiao ready to fight Conor McGregor in ‘real boxing match’ next year

Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor have begun the groundwork for both to meet in a massive cross-codes clash in the coming year.

On the back of Floyd Mayweather making a nine-figure check to defeat McGregor back in August, Pacquiao now seemingly wants a slice of the pie.

McGregor had been expecting to return to UFC but was recently scratched from a forthcoming card as punishment for prematurely rushing into the ring after a Bellator event.

With millions at stake, McGregor may be ready to give the squared circle another go with Pacquiao looking like a willing opponent for the spring.

The ‘Pacman’ usually campaigns around April time for his outings and facing McGregor is Las Vegas could be on the cards, according to a latest Instagram post.

Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma

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Pacquiao urged McGregor to, ‘stay fit my friend’ along with hashtagging a ‘real boxing match’ in a dig at his former opponent Mayweather.

Retired at 50-0 but continually teasing a comeback, Mayweather defeated an injured Pacquiao when the pair met in the most lucrative fight of all time in May 2015.

Since then, Pacquiao recaptured the top spot in the pound for pound ratings before suffering a shock defeat to Jeff Horn over the summer.

Whatever happens from here on in, the column inches are sure to be filled with what would be another worldwide event in the first half of 2018.