Conor McGregor's super-bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr is just five days away and the ultra-confident Irishman is predicting a resounding victory. Representatives of both fighters appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to request the waiver. Of course, Mayweather has done all of this before and he's commented how he no longer has to train like a mad man to truly get ready for a fight after more than 20 years spent as a champion. McGregor, in contrast, last boxed competitively when he was little more than a child, training out of Crumlin Boxing Club.
The pair meet in Las Vegas on Saturday for a fight eagerly anticipated by some, while others are sceptical of the merits of the cross-over bout. "The original UFC gym brand, they were looking to build mega gyms and all this and you know, I have all this, I am set".
There was a moment in Los Angeles during the first stare-down of Conor McGregor's world tour with Floyd Mayweather that captured neatly the gory, verbal slashfest that stretched across the following week.
"I'd probably get beaten". So I'm very pleased, and obviously I fight in 4-ounce. "They're calling me my wife's name, my wife's Jo Horn, she can beat me in a fight, that's for sure!"
McGregor's pull-back left-hand counter is widely considered to be one of the most destructive shots in MMA.
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"But as a boxer, do I think he has a chance? No". I will be watching ... as will you.
"What other mixed martial artist is like me?" "There's so much money involved, I just don't see how it doesn't happen". Or should I say boxing match? Being an elite-level fighter, bigger, stronger, in his prime, and able to fight in ways that Mayweather hasn't encountered in his storied career, backing McGregor to win within the distance at 4/1 could make good use of Betfred's £60 in bonuses.
Despite being out of shape, Malignaggi went twelve rounds with the Irish UFC star, but strongly denies "insecure" rumours that he was knocked down by McGregor during the session.
This fight, though, simply tells us that we can't get enough of gaudy self promoters who luxuriate in their own financial blessings.
The two have come in for a lot of online trolling in recent weeks in particular, as both teams went back and forth with one another in the media.