Aug 01, 2020
Conor McGregor Posts Cryptic Message Hinting at Potential Superfight With Legend
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Getty Conor McGregor celebrates his first round TKO victory as he exits the arena against Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On Friday, UFC superstar Conor “Notorious” McGregor dropped a hint that his next fight could be with the Philippine’s Manny Pacquiao after the Irishman tweeted “tinatanggap ko.” Tinatanggap ko is translated to “I accept” in Taglog, which most Filipinos speak as their second language, The Score reported.
On Thursday, Notorious set the internet ablaze when he tweeted “I accept,” however it wasn’t clear what the fighter was accepting. The tweet came less than an hour after UFC fighter Khamzat Chimaev called Notorious out, leaving some to speculate that the Irishman was accepting a bout with Chimaev.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reached out to McGregor and asked him about the “I accept” tweet and the Irishman confirmed that he was not accepting a fight with Chimaev.
In a recent interview, top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson also shared his interest in fighting McGregor, which left some to believe Notorious was accepting Ferguson’s callout. However, Notorious threw a wrench in the conversation when he tweeted “tinatanggap ko” a day later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 31, 2020
Pacquiao is the Philippines’ most famous athlete, and the boxing legend has been linked to McGregor as a potential opponent for years. McGregor may have tweeted out “I accept” in Taglog to build the speculation of a potential boxing match with Pacquiao.
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Before McGregor fought Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January, he spoke with ESPN about Pacquiao being a potential opponent. McGregor discussed possibly stepping back into the boxing ring, saying, “I would be open to other boxing bouts. You know that Manny… we’re actually close to signing Manny.”
McGregor said that “There [have] been talks about the Manny fight” and that “There was an offer made on that.” Notorious confirmed that it was “very much” a possibility that they would compete against each other.
Notorious has only competed in one professional boxing match, his 10th-round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. In his last MMA bout, Notorious defeated Cerrone on January 18 — the Irishman announced his retirement in June, his third in four years.
Pacquiao has been out of action for over a year. He last competed in July 2019 when he defeated Keith Thurman and won the WBA (Super) welterweight title.Notorious Dropped Another Hint About Competing Against Pacquiao After the Filipino Wished Him a Happy Birthday
Thank you Emmanuel, 170. https://t.co/34aoWV5gKI
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 16, 2020
On July 14, McGregor turned 32 years old and Pacquiao wished him a happy birthday on Twitter. McGregor responded, “Thank you Emmanuel, 170.” The tweet was another hint that Notorious intended on competing against the Filipino — McGregor stated the weight class that he has competed at three times in the UFC, 170 pounds.
If the two were to meet in a boxing ring, it is unlikely the two would compete at 170 pounds as Pacquiao is typically a 147-pound boxer. The Filipino is no stranger to fluctuating weight to compete in different weight classes, but 170 may be too much of a jump for the boxing legend.
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Mikel Arteta pleads with Arsenal hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign contract and become a legend
MIKEL ARTETA is urging skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new contract and become an Arsenal legend.
Gunners chiefs will this week offer their FA Cup final match-winner fresh terms — but he wants a three-year deal worth £250,000 a week.2Pierre-Emerick Auabmeyang stunned Chelsea with a brilliant two-goal display in the FA Cup finalCredit: AFP
Aubameyang, who scored twice to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, is out of contract in less than a year.
Manager Arteta said: “Scoring is the most difficult thing in football. He makes it look simple — look at the second goal. We have always had incredible strikers at this club and Auba deserves to be named and compared with the big names.
“By winning trophies he will be closer to them and, hopefully, we can have him for longer.”ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners news
Arteta was referring to Gunners greats such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright.
Arsenal do have a clause they can trigger by December 31 which would give them a one-year extension for Aubameyang for the 2021-22 season.
The entire package — which includes a massive one-off bonus payment — would cost £20m for the season. It would mean shelling out an average of £400,000 a week in wages for their 29-goal top scorer.2
Arteta was appointed boss in December and he staged talks with Gabon superstar Aubameyang, 31, and urged him to work harder off the ball.
The former Gunners midfielder explained: “The biggest problem was to convince him to work in the way we wanted him to.
“He was going to get more reward and more respect. And our respect would go to admiration.
“Admiration from his team-mates and the people who have been with him and also from fans.
“The way that he is conducting himself, on and off the field, he has that admiration.”
Arteta is delighted with the club’s 14th FA Cup success — which means Arsenal are once again in the Europa League.
He said: “I didn’t want to add too much pressure to the players as I knew how important it was as we needed Europe.Most read in FootballPicturedOH MY RODGeorgina Rodriguez wows fans as she shares saucy new workout video on InstagramWEATHER THE STORMHow Kieron Dyer ended up at Mayweather's mansion with 'women everywhere'PicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar's ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfiePicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraHANDLE ON THINGSChelsea fans fume after Martinez goes unpunished for 'blatant handball'Live BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updates
“It is a must for our club and financially because it is a bigger step forward.
“It allows us to do more things in the future and have a better structure financially.
“I am very pleased with both things — winning the trophy and having the option to play in Europe.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poses with picture of a goat as Arsenal team-mates hail him as 'greatest' after FA Cup win