Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao fight dealt blow as Mikey Garcia insists he is next in line to face Filipino legend

MIKEY GARCIA claims he will face Manny Pacquiao next – NOT Conor McGregor.

It comes after former UFC champion McGregor and Filipino icon Pacquiao confirmed they are in talks to fight in the Middle East.

But four-weight champion Garcia, 32, is '100 per cent' confident he will be the one to box PacMan next, with The Notorious coming afterwards.

He told FightHype: “I saw the tweets by McGregor.

“I haven’t seen some from Pacquiao. Are there any responses from Pacquiao yet, or no?

“I’ve only seen what McGregor tweeted out, that his next fight is Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East.

“Well, I think he might be right, he might be right, I’m pretty confident his next fight is Manny Pacquiao.

“But Manny Pacquiao’s next fight is not with Conor McGregor. Manny Pacquiao’s next fight is with me. McGregor still has to take a number.

“McGregor’s next fight might be most likely Manny Pacquiao.

“But before that Manny Pacquiao has to fight me first – and that’s 100 per cent. That’s gonna happen. Watch.”

UK promoter Eddie Hearn had revealed plans for Garcia to challenge WBA welterweight champion Pacquiao, 41, in Saudi Arabia.

But talks are underway for the eight-division champion to take on McGregor – who lost his boxing debut against Mayweather in 2017 – in December or January.

Pacquiao's assistant Jayke Joson revealed Pacquiao will donate a 'huge portion' of his purse to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic in his native Philippines.

A statement 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.”

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