Former multiple-weight world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao has put fans on alert by appearing to suggest a fight with UFC star Conor McGregor.
In a Twitter post the 38-year-old, now a senator in the Philippines, wished McGregor a happy Thanksgiving and told him to “stay fit” – hashtagging “#realboxingmatch #2018”.
McGregor, 28, fought Floyd Mayweather Junior in Las Vegas in a bout which gave the two fighters some of the highest earnings in boxing history.
McGregor took a reported $100m and the American three times that.
Mayyweather, 40, came out of retirement to win the fight and also beat Pacquiao in 2015 in another of the most lucrative fights in history.
However, many fans don’t seem too enthused by the idea of another retiree stepping into the ring with MMA star McGregor.
— Martin (@NewAgeBoxingUK) November 23, 2017
Be livid if McGregor doesn’t defend his belt in the UFC and actually fights Pacquiao instead! Pointless fight which McGregor would lose anyway. About time Dana White clamped down on him and made him defend or vacate😴 https://t.co/1yJwU0Cw24— EYP (@euanyatess_) November 23, 2017
While some were also a little confused by the date and holiday on which Pacquiao had decided to call out McGregor.
I want to address the silliness behind boxers on their way out calling out McGregor...but first I must address that neither Ireland or the Philippines celebrate Thanksgiving. https://t.co/u4de0EfjkF— Cam F Awesome (@CamFAwesome) November 23, 2017
On the other hand, some are still keen on the idea of McGregor reverting to the Queensberry rules.
Make it Happen pic.twitter.com/IvtzggvH7w— Erik (@Erik12453176) November 23, 2017
And for some it’s not about what Pacquiao was saying, but the way that he said it.
Even Mannys callouts are nice and respectful! 😂— Keith Browne (@browne_keith) November 23, 2017
If only all fighting talk could be as civil.