Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager casts doubt on Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao

Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager has insisted Conor McGregor has no chance of fighting Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East.

McGregor and Pacquiao both confirmed they are close to agreeing terms to meet late this year or early in 2021.

Saudi Arabia has been touted as a likely venue although McGregor's manager said several locations were under consideration.

And now Ali Abdelaziz, who represents UFC champion Nurmagomedov, claims McGregor will not be welcome in the Middle East due to comments he has previously made about Muslims.

Before he fought Nurmagomedov in 2018, McGregor called his rival a "Muslim rat" and referred to his wife as a 'towel'.

And Abdelaziz said: "Human[s] are not perfect , but you are the last motherf***** people from Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi would do business with, especially after you said about Muslims, insulting parents, families etc.

"The Saudi people and Saudi leadership are loyal to Khabib. Remember he talked about man's wife [and] compared her to a towel, talked about man's religion, father. Our people are loyal to each other."

"When your team called Middle East you guys got shutdown in Saudi Arabia; nobody in Abu Dhabi is going to do business with you.

"If any fight will happen , it would be Khabib vs Mayweather in the Middle East."

The Middle East is the frontrunner to host the fight due to the huge site fee the region is likely to stump up.

That is the only way to fund big fights with countries struggling to host events with crowds due to the coronavirus crisis.

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