McGregor hints at Pacquiao fight after tweet in Filipino

FILE PHOTO — Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone during a UFC 246 welterweight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

MANILA, Philippines — Is Conor McGregor fighting Manny Pacquiao anytime soon?

It sure seems so after the former UFC star tweeted in Filipino on Saturday.

“Tinatanggap ko,” wrote McGregor, whose tweet in English translates to “I accept,” which was also his exact post a day earlier.

The 31-year-old Irish has been vocal about wanting to challenge Pacquiao in the boxing ring as well as getting another crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired after beating him in 2017.

McGregor’s cryptic posts also came two weeks after implying a possible bout with Pacquiao at 170 pounds in a reply to the Filipino legend on Twitter.

Speculations of a potential Pacquiao-McGregor clash grew louder after the welterweight champion signed with Paradigm Sports Management, which also represents McGregor, last February.

Pacquiao’s business manager Arnold Vegafria had also said that there is a “possibility” that the two will fight in “the last part” of Pacquiao’s career.

The 41-year-old Pacquiao hasn’t fought since beating Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title in July of last year.

McGregor, meanwhile, scored an impressive first round stoppage of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 last January before announcing his retirement anew five months later.

It was McGregor’s third retirement in the last four years.


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WATCH: ‘2gether’ star Bright of Thailand covers Eraserheads’ ‘With a Smile’

Bright Vachirawit singing Eraserheads’ “With a Smile” (Image: screengrab from YouTube/ABS-CBN Star Music)

Thai Boys’ Love (BL) series “2gether” star Vachirawit Chiva-aree, more popularly known as Bright, is treating Filipino fans with the cover of a classic OPM song.

The Thai actor lent his voice for Eraserheads hit “With a Smile,” which is set to be the theme song for the local airing of “2gether: The Series” sequel, titled “(Still) 2gether: The Series.”

The rendition of Bright, who plays Sarawat in the BL series, was posted on ABS-CBN Star Music’s YouTube channel yesterday, July 31.

Bright’s performance comes as “(Still) 2gether” nears its slated premiere date of Aug. 14 via streaming platform iWant.

ABS-CBN production arm Dreamscape Entertainment currently has a partnership with Thai production company GMMTV, allowing the former to air the latter’s show.

The popularity of the first “2gether” series in the country paved the way for the rise of several locally produced BL series including Juan Miguel Severo’s “Boys’ Love,”  IdeaFirst’s “Gameboys” and Black Sheep’s “Hello Stranger.”  /ra

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Rousey protégé Edmen Shahbazyan on verge of UFC stardom

The UFC has returned from its Fight Island adventure and is back operating out of its home venue in Las Vegas for the time being.

Saturday’s event at the UFC APEX is headlined by dangerous veteran Derek Brunson looking to hand highly-touted rising star Edmen Shahbazyan his first loss in mixed martial arts.

Shahbazyan is an undefeated 22-year-old that has taken the middleweight division by storm. He’s a protégé and former training partner of Ronda Rousey, and a client of the former UFC superstar’s One Fight Management.

He has been training with Rousey’s infamous coach Edmond Tarverdyan at the Glendale Fighting Club in California for the past decade. Shahbazyan turns 23 in November and has a goal of becoming the youngest champion in UFC history. Jon Jones set that record when he won his first title at 23 years, eight months back in 2011, but Rousey believes Shahbazyan has a chance to do it.

“It’s not if, it’s when,” Rousey said of Shahbazyan becoming a UFC champ during her recent Instagram chat with Dana White. “This kid is special. He is one in a generation. I know what the (expletive) I’m looking at and you (White) know what you’re looking at. It’s interesting to finally be in this time where everyone is starting to take notice. He’s such a sweet and quiet kid, but man he’s a (expletive) killer.”

Shahbazyan is 11-0 in MMA and only one of his fights has gotten out of the first round. His most recent performance was at UFC 244 last November, when he picked up a stunning first-round head-kick knockout against durable veteran Brad Tavares.

The Tavares KO caught the eye of reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who had gone five rounds with Tavares just four months prior.

“I saw his fight.

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