Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor1858 posts

Conor McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist, born in 1988. He has primarily competed in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

1 Aug, 2017

Elba: ‘McGregor has a really good chance of winning’

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Elba, who himself has had a professional kickboxing fight, which he won, says he thinks McGregor could beat Mayweather.

In my opinion, I think McGregor has a really good chance of winning that fight. I have a kickboxing background. The agility of kickboxers and MMA is very different from a boxer. I think what’s going to happen is that Floyd — and I love Floyd, he’s a friend — he’s going to fight his fight, but I think McGregor is going to topple that…He’s going to topple his composure, he’s going to throw some things around that Floyd’s not going to be used to. And the other thing about McGregor is that he can strike really, really, really quickly out of nowhere. If Floyd does what he does normally, which is hold a tight fight, I think McGregor’s going to topple that, strike him — if he gets one on his chin, it could be over. Not a lot of people agree with me, I just know kickboxers move differently. Conor’s not going in there to try and box Floyd, he’s going to fight Floyd. That’s a different thing all together.

Idris Elba Thinks McGregor Has A Good Chance To Beat Mayweather | First Take | ESPN

31 Jul, 2017

Malignaggi now respects McGregor after watching him train

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Malignaggi says McGregor has earned his respect after helping the Irishman prepare for his Las Vegas fight with Floyd Mayweather.

It makes me respect McGregor to see his work ethic that he’s put into the training camp. Seeing him work hard every day and see that he’s really determined to upset the odds. When you talk to Conor, at first I started thinking this guy doesn’t really think he’s going to win this, it’s just a 100 million dollar fight for him. Then when you really start to talk to him, you start to realise that this guy really believes it down deep inside his heart and he’s got every reason to, because every time he’s been doubted in his life he has been able to overcome those odds and win, no matter what it is. Come out of poverty, become a UFC champion, become a two-time two-weight UFC champion. Whatever it’s been, he’s done it. He has no reason to ever doubt himself, because he is yet to be proven wrong…He’s not going in there to play patty cake, he’s going in there with any other fighter’s mentality. Conor is the kind of guy who is going to come with a different style…It’s going to be up to Conor to throw those little curve balls here and there and throw things a bit out of line for Floyd, and see if he can get Floyd’s respect.

McGregor-Mayweather MC expects a billion people to watch fight

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Lennon Jr, the MC who will be introducing McGregor and Mayweather on August 26, says the audience for the showdown will be huge.

There will be an excitement a buzz like there’s never been before. I think the world is tuning in to this event. I also can’t wait to introduce the fighters, sit down and see what happens. I talk to so many people and they keep running through the scenario of what will happen. I think round one is very telling so I am looking forward to getting out of the ring and sitting and watching it…It makes me feel great, the bigger the stage the more I like it and it makes it a lot more fun. We’ve had some big fights before when China tune in the crowd suddenly becomes larger, but this fight, this event has so many people from different walks of life and so many different countries, it’s gong to be huge. It’s like no event, it’s so special and maybe over a billion will see it.

Sky Sports: McGregor-Mayweather PPV will be £19.95 in UK

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Sky Sports announces it has beaten BT Sports for the rights to broadcast the McGregor-Mayweather fight on August 26, live on pay-per-view. Ahead of the fight, Sky Sports viewers will be able to enjoy a range of support programming across both TV channels and digital platforms, in addition to all the pre-fight build up from behind the scene. The cost of the event will be £19.95 for UK customers; €24.95 for those in Ireland, across all forms of booking up until midnight Friday 25 August. From then on the cost will still be £19.95 / €24.95 if bookings are made via remote control and online, but will cost £24.95 / €29.95 if booked via the phone. An additional £2 / €2 booking fee still applies if bookings are made via a telephone agent. Cable customers are asked to contact their operator for booking information.Sky Sports:

This is surely one of the most anticipated and intriguing contests we’ve ever seen on Sky Sports Box Office. Can the charismatic Conor McGregor, so formidable in the octagon, make the switch to the ring and create history? What will it mean for Mayweather’s legacy – one of the greatest fighters of all time but coming out of retirement and facing a man at the very top of his game? It’s set to be a huge night in Las Vegas – one you won’t want to miss.

Eubank Sr.: McGregor ‘is an Irishman. They are a special people’

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Eubank Sr. says that McGregor’s Irish spirit may be the deciding factor that gets him the win against Mayweather. Eubank Sr. holds a keen interest in the fight because it echoes the fight he had with Steve Collins two decades ago, when Collins won, unexpectedly. Eubank Sr.:

What everyone is missing, what they’re not thinking about, what is so obvious — everyone is forgetting that he is an Irishman. They are a special people. I’m not bumping them up — I’m not Irish. I’m just saying my observations of the spirit of this people, they are amazing…I’m not talking about Conor McGregor. I’m not talking about an MMA fighter. I’m talking about an Irishman and an Irishman is always to be respected and that is where it is likely, it is possible, that Mayweather Jr. has taken his eye off the target…What is he fighting? You’re not fighting an MMA fighter, you’re not fighting a guy who is maybe limited in traditional boxing. You’re fighting an Irishman and that is enough. How do I know? I lived this.

30 Jul, 2017

Jones: McGregor ‘tremendous inspiration to me’

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After his victory at UFC 214, Jones talks about McGregor:

Conor McGregor, he has been a tremendous inspiration to me. He has shown me, who has been at the upper echelon of this sport for many years now, he has shown me that these huge paydays are possible. I never thought in my time as champion that we would be able to see fighters making $70 million or whatever he’s making for this (Floyd) Mayweather fight. It’s an inspiration that you can do it. I see it as possible, and that’s what McGregor has done for me.

29 Jul, 2017

Sinead O’Connor wants to sing for McGregor in Vegas

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O’Connor has offered to perform Conor McGregor’s walk-on song as he prepares to fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. next month. The Irish star sang The Foggy Dew before McGregor’s UFC entrance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena before a fight in 2015, and now she wants to bring him luck in Las Vegas again. On her personal Facebook account, Sinead has asked McGregor to send her U.S. doctor Nabil Siddiqi an autograph, calling the medic, who has helped her overcome a series of mental health issues:

[He is] the biggest Conor McGregor fan on earth. He totally saved my life so I can keep singing for your fights.

Adams confident she can beat McGregor in boxing ring

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Nicola Adams, the double-Olympic gold medalist, says Mayweather will win against McGregor:

I can see the interest, for me, Floyd Mayweather’s going to win hands down. It’s just a show really for everybody, a bit of a performance, a bit of entertainment. It’s not something you get to see everyday, a UFC fighter boxing a top class boxer, I definitely see Floyd Mayweather winning by knockout.

Asked how she’d do against McGregor:

[I’d win] yeah, definitely. Yeah definitely in the boxing ring, I don’t know about in the octagon, but in the boxing ring.

28 Jul, 2017

Mayweather’s ex: Domestic violence no joke

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Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, releases a statement (link) asking McGregor to refrain from profiting from her and other victims’ suffering from domestic abuse. McGregor taunted Mayweather by wearing an NBA jersey of C.J. Watson — the man Floyd accused Josie of secretly texting in 2010, which led to Mayweather attacking Harris, for which he spent two months in jail. Harris’ attorney:

[The stunt] demonstrates not only an insensitivity toward the emotional wellbeing and privacy of the victim of Mayweather’s domestic violence, but also a general disregard for the physical and emotional trauma and long-lasting psychological impacts suffered by victims of domestic abuse. On behalf of Josie Harris, her and Mayweather’s three children, and all victims of domestic violence, we ask that Conor McGregor refrain from capitalizing off of the trauma suffered by her and other victims of domestic abuse.

Dalby: McGregor ‘prepared for 12 rounds’

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Dr. Julian Dalby, the man behind McGregor’s cardiovascular system TheMacLifeFast, says fans don’t have to worry about McGregor being able to go twelve rounds with Mayweather, if necessary.

We are just four weeks out now [and] Conor looks great…He is prepared in all aspects of his training to the extreme. If the fight lasts 30 seconds, Conor is ready. If the fight was to go on for one hour straight, he is ready for that too…Floyd is a one trick fighter, whereas  Conor is a complete fighter and is adaptable.

McGregor brought in Dalby, and they created TheMacLifeFast program, after McGregor tired early and lost to Diaz in UFC 196.

The problem with Conor was that he used over-train himself, so we now have a full schedule in place with proper rest days. With this program we plan on taking all of MMA to the next level.

Cruz: ‘McGregor can get it done in six rounds’

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Former UFC bantamweight champion Cruz, talks about the upcoming McGregor-Mayweather fight.

If I had to look at the basics of the fight, Mayweather’s a little bit older, he’s got the experience factor in boxing. I think Conor has the age on his side, I think he has probably the durability on his side. He’s got the height on his side, I think he has the power — the one punch power — over a certain amount of rounds. But I think that this fight is going to be dictated over the first six rounds. That’s when Conor has his shot to do the most damage to Mayweather…

And his prediction:

If I was going to make a prediction, I would see Conor having a real chance of a TKO or knockout in the first six rounds. … I think he can get it done in six rounds. I want him to get it done. That’s for MMA. This is mixed martial arts versus boxing. This is what it’s all come down to. … This is the best boxer of all time. [Mayweather’s] a defensive genius. Conor goes out there and beats him; he’s the best ever. That’s just all there is to it.

Dominick Cruz: McGregor Can Get it Done in 6 Rounds

Kavanagh: McGregor is ‘in the best condition I’ve ever seen’

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Coach Kavanagh talks about how training is going with McGregor at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.

I’ve been with Conor a while. This is the best physical condition I’ve ever seen him in. [He has an] unparalleled work ethic.

McGregor’s gruelling workout video

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McGregor gives supporters an insight into his training, as he uploads a video of himself in camp at the UFC Performance Institute in Sin City. As part of his strength and conditioning regime, he is combining old methods with new — using a state-of-the-art hydraulic squatting machine alongside traditional chin up bars and bar bells.

Conor McGregor is put through a gruelling workout session

 

26 Jul, 2017

McGregor Muscle Beach prank: full video

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Islam Badurgov releases the full video of his prank where he was made up to look like Conor McGregor, including the application of fake tattoos and a beard. He then took a walk on LA’s muscle beach, meeting fans and performing stunts.

Conor, this prank is dedicated to your forthcoming fight. You are an impeccable fighter, and we believe in your triumph. Good luck.

ПРАНК! ДВОЙНИК КОНОРА МАКГРЕГОРА! CONOR MCGREGOR DOPPELGANGER (ENG SUBS)

McGregor-Mayweather to be shown live in cinemas

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Fathom Events will present the McGregor-Mayweather fight in selected cinemas in the US live on August 26. While the pay-per-view will cost $99.95 to order at home in high definition, tickets to view the fight in theaters appear to be $40 in most locations. Tickets can be purchased at the website or at theater box offices. Mayweather:

The buzz that my fight against Conor McGregor is getting has been great already, so what better way to watch this larger than life event than on the big screen? We brought boxing back to movie theaters eight years ago and it was a huge success, but this event is on a different level and I’m so glad we are giving fans another way to see all the action. Grab your popcorn because this is a fight no one will want to miss.

Mayweather wants £100 PPV for UK

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Hearn, who is Anthony Joshua’s promoter, talks about speculation that the PPV cost for the McGregor-Mayweather fight could be far higher than previous events.

Mayweather wants the price to be £100.

But Hearn doesn’t think that Sky would drastically increase its pricing point.

The price will be within the same realms as it always has. I don’t set the price, but my gut feeling is £19.95. If it went to £24.95… I can’t see it, it wouldn’t be my decision. Sky won’t want to go beyond £19.95. That is their price point.

Mayweather may ‘walk out’ with Diaz, but not Bieber

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Jason Lee, from Mayweather’s entourage, says Mayweather may be walking out with Diaz at the upcoming fight. McGregor lost to Diaz in March of 2016, then beat him in UFC 202, in August 2016.

I was just in London with Floyd when the whole shit went down with Conor and I’m going to make the call to Nate Diaz. I would love to see him walk out with Floyd.

Mayweather has walked out to the ring a number of times with Justin Bieber, but Lee says he doesn’t think Bieber will be there this time.

Bieber found Jesus and he’s somewhere prayed-up. I don’t officially want to say that [Bieber will not walk out with Floyd]. But I just want to say I don’t see Bieber walking out with Floyd.

Frampton: Fight is not bad for boxing

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Frampton says he is is excited about flying out from Northern Ireland to Las Vegas to watch the McGregor-Mayweather fight.

I think Conor’s brilliant. He’s a showman, he’s mental and he’s a maniac. I really like him and I’m going out to watch it with some of the others [fighters] from our gym, like Josh Taylor, Conrad Cummings and our wives. We’re going out for a mad weekend…I don’t think the fight is bad for boxing, it’s an event, and I’m looking forward to it. As a boxing match, it’s a mismatch but you have to give it to Conor McGregor. He’s making his boxing debut and he’s talked himself into a $100 million pay day. Good luck to him…I hate saying who’s going to win but it’s hard to look past Mayweather, he’s just too good.

McGregor and Mayweather to be drug-tested ‘robustly’

USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) says McGregor and Mayweather will be subject to no-advance notice; out-of-competition round-the-clock drug testing. USADA confirms there are no limits to the number of tests McGregor and Mayweather will be subjected to in the lead up to, and including, August 26.

There is no maximum number of tests that can be performed and like our other programs, we will test robustly leading up to and during the fight in order to maximise deterrence and detection.

25 Jul, 2017

McGregor to Tyson: ‘I’m the new Don King’

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McGregor responds to Tyson calling him a ‘dumbass,’ who is going to get knocked out by Mayweather, by referring to Tyson’s legal action against Don King. Tyson sued King for $100 million in stolen earnings, and received $14 million in an out-of-court settlement.

Nevada punter places $150K for McGregor to beat Mayweather

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Bookmakers are reporting large bets coming in for McGregor, which are improving his odds. For example, a Nevada bet was placed for $150,000 for McGregor to win. McGregor is now running at a low of +375 while Mayweather’s favorite status has dipped to -550 (84% win probability). When odds opened for the fight, Mayweather was widely available as a -2250 favorite, which implies a win probability of 96 percent over +950 underdog McGregor. At those initial lines, a $100 winning bet on Mayweather would receive a $4.44 payoff; a $100 bet on McGregor, meanwhile, would have a payoff of $950. Reports indicate that many bets in McGregor’s favor are being placed by casual betters:

At Caesars Palace sportsbooks, 140 of the first 144 bets were on McGregor, who was paying back around 5-1. Almost all of the early action was small and placed by recreational bettors. One sportsbook manager described it as ‘square-a-palooza.’

Conlan: McGregor’s self-belief gives him chance to win

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Conlan says that McGregor’s self-belief can be a decisive factor in his upcoming fight against Mayweather.

He’s definitely got ability. He’s a guy who believes in himself 100 million percent. Floyd Mayweather has been impossible to beat. No matter who it is, no matter what sport it is, if someone believes in themselves that much, there’s always a possibility, always a chance. Anything can happen in boxing…That’s the kind of mentality I try to replicate.

Michael Conlan feels Conor Mcgregor’s self belief gives him possibility to beat Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor: Notorious documentary teaser trailer released

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Universal releases a teaser trailer for Conor McGregor: Notorious, the upcoming McGregor documentary. Universal:

The documentary, filmed over the course of four years, is the exclusive, all-access account of Conor’s meteoric rise from claiming benefits and living in his parent’s spare room in Dublin to claiming multiple championship UFC belts and seven figure pay-packets in Las Vegas.

McGregor:

History…long after I’m gone. The story will be told.

McGregor-Mayweather tickets sell out in minutes

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Unhappy fans take to social media to complain that McGregor-Mayweather tickets sell out in minutes, despite some tickets costing as much as £8000. Fans rushed to grab their tickets for the 20,000-capacity T-Mobile Arena at 6pm UK time, but many were not able to get tickets, even if they had ‘right to buy codes,’ which had been trading on Ebay for up to £200 in the morning.

Jones: McGregor can’t beat Mayweather

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Jones says that, despite his admiration for McGregor, he doesn’t think the Irishman can beat Mayweather.

I really admire Conor McGregor a lot. He’s been a huge inspiration to me. But I’m also a fan of greatness – and Floyd Mayweather is unquestionably great. He’s 40 but Floyd takes care of himself, he’s been living a clean life, you’d be surprised what you can get out of yourself when you live the way Floyd does – he has all the resources to stay healthy and on top of his game. Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya, all these guys have tremendous punching power. But what they have that McGregor doesn’t is the years of experience and tightness to back up that punching power. I’m really happy for McGregor to be in this position but if I were a betting man, I’d imagine that you’d just have to side on the side of greatness.

Tyson: McGregor ‘is going to get killed’ boxing Mayweather

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Tyson says McGregor will not be able to beat Mayweather under boxing rules. Tyson said that if it were him in the fight with McGregor, he would allow the Irishman to use kicks and knees in the fight.

McGregor is going to get killed boxing. I got mad because I thought they were going to use MMA rules against boxing because that’s what it’s all about: Can the boxer beat the MMA guy? McConor put his dumb–s in a position where he’s gonna get knocked out because this guy’s been doing this all his life since he was a baby. McConor can’t kick and grab and stuff so he won’t stand much of a chance…McGregor took the biggest sucker rules in the history of boxing.

McGregor-Mayweather tickets on sale

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Tickets for the McGregor-Mayweather fight go on sale at 6 PM BST (1 pm ET and 10 AM PT) and can be purchased through this link here. In an attempt to stop touts from snapping up multiple tickets, only two seats can be purchased per transaction. The cheapest ticket will cost £385 ($500). Those wanting a front-row seat will have to fork out £7706 ($10,000). Fans who miss out on the initial sale will be able to purchase tickets via licensed third party resale websites.

Mayweather: ‘Not going to be a dull fight’

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Mayweather, who has been spending time training with Anthony Joshua in Vegas, says that he and McGregor are both preparing for the fight in the same way, and fans can expect an exciting battle.

There has been a lot of trash-talkers [through his career], and at the end of the day, he’s not bad. We will rate him number two and I’m number one – he’s got heart… Am I worried about an elbow or knee? I’m going to let the referee do his job, he will be extremely fair but firm. Nevada Commission is about treating everybody fair… He’s a warrior, that’s what I do know about Conor McGregor. He’s going to fight to the end. He’s approaching this fight like I’m approaching this fight. It’s kill or be killed. Believe me when I say this: It’s not going to be a dull fight.

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Aldo: ‘McGregor was never a champion of anything’

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Aldo says:

McGregor was never a champion of anything. He defeated the champion and left. A real champion has to defend (the belt). I speak for (Max) Holloway because, win or lose (against Frankie Edgar), he will be there fighting. I’m happy that Holloway is the champion. An example, someone who deserved being where he is.

23 Jul, 2017

McGregor, Draymond Green feud on Instagram

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McGregor posts a photo of himself on Instagram, wearing a Golden State Warriors’ No. 23 jersey. This upsets NBA player Draymond Green, who tells McGregor:

We rocking with Floyd (Mayweather) bro not you… take that off bruh.

McGregor responds in two posts:

That’s CJ Watson mate. I don’t know who the fuck you are. No disrepect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school.

Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.J when I don’t know or give a fuck about basketball. I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here kid.

McGregor’s choice of wearing a C.J. Watson jersey has subtext to it: Watson was linked to Mayweather’s domestic abuse case between him and former partner Josie Harris in 2010.

‘A Never Ending Legacy’ fan film

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GreatToEntertain releases ‘A Never Ending Legacy’, a short film about McGregor, documenting his career rise. A young McGregor, starting out in UFC, talks about his dream:

My dream is to be the lightweight champion of the UFC, have more money than I know what to do with, and have a great life for my kids, my grandkids, my family, and everyone that’s come up with me.

A Never Ending Legacy (A Conor McGregor Film)

22 Jul, 2017

McGregor’s tailor releases limited edition ‘Eff You’ suit

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David August tailoring releases a limited edition of McGregor’s ‘Eff You’ suit, which the fighter wore to his first press conference with Mayweather in Los Angeles. The $6500 suit is produced in exclusive wool in navy twill, with ‘explicit fighting words presented in a vertical repeat’. Other details include purple camouflage silk lining. Each suit will be signed by August. Production time us estimated at 12-15 weeks.

Infamy and notoriety isn’t always bad, especially in the case of one bold, brave, confident friend of ours who revels in pushing boundaries. For those interested in taking similar risks, we have recreated our original custom 3-piece suit produced exclusively for Conor McGregor and we are making it available as a limited-edition custom order.

Malignaggi: Eight rounds with McGregor was ‘good work’

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Malignaggi talks about his eight-round sparring session with McGregor, which he describes as “good work”. Malignaggi says they were originally scheduled for six rounds, but ended up extending it to eight. He said both showboated at times, but he couldn’t guess whether McGregor will do so in the fight with Mayweather.

There was a lot of trash talking right away. A lot of fighting right away. At the end, you look back on it, it was kind of fun. I don’t have many people who can match my trash talk, but Conor definitely can. It was making it a lot of fun…To say a mixed martial artist is coming into boxing and wouldn’t be awkward is an understatement. He’s going to have his own style and set of things he does. He’s got a game plan. It’s not what people think…I’ll put it like this: He knows what he wants to do and he has a method of how he wants to get there. The mechanism of how he gets there may look, to the naked eye, ‘hmm, I don’t know about this.’ But there’s a method to his madness. He’s a thinker…He’s got some pop in the left hand, I can’t take that away from him. In boxing, especially against a guy like Floyd Mayweather, you need to devise a few more weapons, and I think that’s what Conor is working on. I think … coming into this situation already knowing Conor has a big left hand … you’re probably going to prepare for that left hand. Obviously, Conor is working on other things besides the left hand, so there can be that surprise element to it. … There’s going to be other things he needs to make you worry about, and that’s what’s being worked on in camp. He’s effective at what he’s doing.

Paulie Malignaggi Discusses Sparring with Conor McGregor & Trash Talk LOOKS BEAT UP!!!

Top boxing coach: McGregor has ‘the fighter’s curse’

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While others are focusing on McGregor’s height, boxing trainer Virgil Hunter takes note of some issues with McGregor’s physique.

One of the things that I noticed is that [McGregor’s] body – he has the waist of a model. He doesn’t have a fight trunk…he has a waist as opposed to a trunk. There’s a difference. You know, a trunk is strong, powerful, thick — not only be able to take it but get out of the way. But he has more of a model’s waist and if I’m thinking like Floyd, I’m thinking about the body because his body’s gonna be very vulnerable to body shots. Everything is sitting right there for you to touch. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of in-fighting on Floyd’s behalf…Also [McGregor] has what we call ‘The Fighter’s Curse.’ He has bone ridges over his eyes. I noticed he has cut a lot in the eyes in MMA fighting. He also has that jutting chin. So that’s a curse within itself also. But I expect him to cut over the eyes because of the bone ridges, and when those snapping punches hit you over the eyes like that he’ll get cut worse that he did in MMA. In my opinion he’ll cut up.

McGregor’s team hire referee Joe Cortez

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McGregor’s team has retained the services of retired Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez. Cortez will work for six weeks with McGregor and his team, conducting eight and twelve round fight simulations – where Cortez reads the rules and initial warnings, basically recreating a scenario similar to a professional boxing match. Cortez has worked in 986 professional bouts, of which 176 were world title fights.

They (McGregor’s group) were looking for a referee with a broad knowledge of the rules…for me it’s an honor. I’m working with McGregor as a unified boxing advisor. My job is to teach him not to commit any mistakes during his fight against Mayweather Jr…This will be a fight between a boxer and a mixed martial arts specialist. As I said, my role will be to prepare McGregor so that he does not commit any breach of the rules on the day of the fight. It’s an opportunity to recreate fights and their rules. He is a fighter who is learning very fast and has previous experience in fights and is moving quite well. The only thing I can say is that it will be an interesting fight.

21 Jul, 2017

White talks fight to Kimmel

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White appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about the upcoming fight. Kimmel asks if he thinks Conor has a chance at all to beat Floyd Mayweather.

White:

I do…Floyd Mayweather is going to be 41 years old this year. If there’s a kink in that armour, it has been with southpaws. Conor McGregor is a southpaw, and he hits like a truck. He’s got 12 rounds to land that punch…When he hits people they go, and if he hits Floyd, I think he will hurt him, and when he hurts people he puts them away.

Kimmel:

Is this like a cricket team trying to win the World Series?

White:

No, normally, when boxers fight boxers, there’s a system to it. McGregor will be completely unorthodox. It’s what makes this fight so intriguing.

UFC President Dana White on Mayweather-McGregor Fight

20 Jul, 2017

Alvarez will be in the front row for McGregor-Mayweather

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Alvarez says that he watched all four of the stops on the McGregor-Mayweather world press tour and has booked a front row ticket to the August 26th clash.

I love fights and when they have this much build-up around them. I’m going to the fight – I’ll be there, front row. A buddy, who sold me his house, got me front row seats. We’ll be there.

On McGregor’s chances:

Conor has about three or four rounds to get this done. Within those [first] four rounds, if you don’t think Conor can knock this guy out, you’re an idiot or you just don’t know fighting because it can very well happen.

On his loss to McGregor:

I never really get annoyed with [that UFC 205 loss] myself. I’ve dealt with it, forgave myself for it and I have moved on.

McGregor nutritionist wants speed over power

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Lockhart, who is working for McGregor in preparation for his fight with Mayweather, says nutritional tweaks are necessary going from one sport to the other, with the prominent change being a reduction in walking around weight.

With an MMA match, wrestling, (jiu-jitsu and) having someone on top of you, weight matters – with wrestling it does have a huge effect. With boxing, I believe speed is key. If I’m bigger than you but can’t hit you, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. Not as much grappling, the referee pulls you apart as soon as that does happen. I want to make sure the fighter is lower in weight, the cut is not as big and the reload is not as much…For an MMA fighter to reload, they’ll gain 15, 18 pounds, which gives them that advantage (on fight night). [For] boxing, I want him actually walking in close to weight the week of the fight. Walking in, weighing in and maybe gaining a couple pounds after that.

McGregor-Mayweather ticket registration closes July 20 10pm PT

Appearance announcement

Tickets for the McGregor Mayweather fight will go on sale Monday, July 24 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. To reduce the impact of bots and scalpers,  the tickets will be sold through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program which gives registered fans a unique offer code and link to use when purchasing tickets. Only fans who receive a unique code will have the chance to purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to two tickets per offer code. Registration closes on Thursday, July 20 at 10 p.m. PT. Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

It is vital that we provide our fans with a fair opportunity to purchase tickets to this unprecedented event taking place on August 26 between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. This is a fight derived from the fans and should be available to be enjoyed by fans. It was necessary for us to partner with Ticketmaster Verified Fan for an event at this magnitude to provide everyone with a safe worry-free method to purchase tickets.

McGregor inspires teens out of poverty

Two orphaned teens in China are being inspired by McGregor and their love of mixed martial arts to lift themselves out of poverty. Xiao Long and Xiao Wu, both 14, are trying to follow in McGregor’s footsteps, believing his motto that “hard work” always wins over talent alone. They train at China’s Enbo Fight Club – a MMA gym in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan. The gym has taken in 400 orphaned or poverty-stricken children over the years, and several have risen in the ranks to become well-respected members of China’s underground fighting scene. The gym’s founder, En Bo, said that the children are sent to them willingly by their families back home. But the road to the top is a difficult one, and some return home after failing to make it. Xiao Long says his goal is to take part in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but for now:

What do I do here? I train, shower, sleep and repeat. I want to join the UFC and win every fight.

19 Jul, 2017

McGregor-Mayweather betting to surpass Superbowl

Places bet

A sports book manager at Bovada.lv says the McGregor-Mayweather fight is trending to surpass the money laid down on this year’s Superbowl. McGregor’s odds to win have halved since the fight was announced, though Mayweather still remains the bookie’s favourite.

We knew this fight would be big, potentially even bigger than the Super Bowl, but now we are almost certain it will be. The recent trash talking and promotional tour is only encouraging bets and at this rate we cannot even imagine how much we will take on it. One thing is for sure though, we will need Mayweather huge. A McGregor early round KO as he promised would be a potential disaster and is partly a reason we are giving a great price on Mayweather at the moment.

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