Conor McGregor’s coach has confirmed he is close to agreeing terms with Manny Pacquiao.
McGregor tweeted on Friday that he will take on the eight-division boxing world champion in the Middle East early next year.
Pacquiao then confirmed he will donate part of his purse to the relief effort against Covid-19 in the Philippines.
And now McGregor’s head trainer John Kavanagh has said he expects to shortly begin work on the Irishman’s training.
“I do know it’s in the works. I believe both boxers have agreed fundamentally, behind the scenes there are a lot of terms and conditions and legal teams and managers to work out the fine details but I believe it will happen,” he told Boxing Productions TV .
“I think it might be early next year but the wheels are in the motion and it looks like I’ll be coaching boxing again.
“I’ll play a part but it will be mostly Owen and Phil Sutcliffe, Conor’s long-time boxing coach from Crumlin Boxing. The bulk of the work will be done with those guys but I always have a hand in there.”
McGregor made his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather three years ago but was stopped in the 10th round.
He then returned to the UFC but retired earlier this year after growing frustrated at a lack of opponents.
And he has now had his head turned by a return to the squared circle.
“If you look at Conor’s achievements, he’s won four world titles in mixed martial arts and he boxed 10 rounds with some would say the greatest boxer of all time,” Kavanagh added.
“When he’s an old man looking back why not have another crazy experience travelling to the Middle East? This is for a crazy life experience.”