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Pacquiao explains McGregor tweet: 'Pagbati lang'

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer turned politician Manny Pacquiao shed some light regarding his viral tweet last week wherein he appeared to call out mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor.

"Happy thanksgiving, stay fit my friend," Pacquiao tweeted through his official account, adding the hashtag "realboxingmatch."

McGregor infamously competed in his first ever professional boxing match earlier this year, when he challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August. He gave a good account of himself before getting stopped in the tenth round.

Asked by Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News about his tweet, Pacquiao admitted that he has never even met McGregor, and his tweet was simply that – a greeting.

"Pagbati lang sa holiday season," said Pacquiao. "Pagbati lang, kasi holiday season eh."

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