CONOR McGREGOR has slammed the UFC for their ‘f***ed up’ decision to hold him back from fighting – as he confirms his switch to boxing.
The Irishman and 41-year-old Manny Pacquiao both confirmed they are in talks for a lucrative bout in the Middle East in either December or January.
The news came after McGregor released direct messages with UFC president Dana White, where he demanded several fights and suggested opponents.
Upon his impending move back into the boxing ring, the former two-weight UFC champion questioned why he has been left with just one fight this year.
McGregor wrote on Instagram: “I’d rather fight MMA anyway not sure why I’ve been held back like this, it’s borderline criminal at this stage.
“The biggest number generator in the game asking for four fights since February this year and getting left on seen.
“It’s pretty f***ed up when I keep thinking of it. I’ve been right here this whole time.
“Bob Chapek, do you copy! I repeat, Bob Chapek – Do You Copy!
“Anyways boxing it is for now and I’m up for this! I hope no bottling takes place here.
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“I’m already agreeing to these limited rules and holding back my full array of weapons. Let’s get it going guys.
“Much love, the champ champ.”
McGregor returns to the boxing ring three years after his professional debut against Floyd Mayweather – which he lost in round ten.
McGregor, 32, uploaded a picture of himself landing a shot on Mayweather, 43, and revealed regret at not getting ‘DQ’d and fined’ by breaking the rules.
He also took a swipe at Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, who said the Filipino icon will beat the UFC star quicker than he did against Ricky Hatton in 2009, which ended in round two.
McGregor said: “The very first shot of the fight. Right on the button through the guard. I didn’t even put anything into that shot. Just placed it.
“It was hard for me not to dwell on the full 12 rounds that were potentially ahead of me and hold back my shots early.
“Still tho right on the absolute button. The first punch thrown. Remember the experts saying I wouldn’t land even 1 lol.
“I landed more than them all. The picture above is the very first punch of the fight thrown, and landed, and inside the very first second of the fight.
“Bums all of them “experts”. Listen to none of them! Really I should have just sat right thru that shot and took his head off and f*** the distance.
“If it didn’t work out just give him a good boot into the neck and get DQ’d and fined and who’d give a f***.
“I’m upset I fully followed the rules for that fight to be honest. Floyd deserved a volley at the least. A shoulder even, break the face.
“Manny not so much tho I don’t think, but I will see how the build up goes and wait to hear what bitter old Freddie Roach has to say and then make a decision.”