McGregor vows to shock the world
The biggest match in pay per view history is edging towards reality, with UFC president Dana White saying he doesn’t see any way that UFC lightweight Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather don’t have a superbox.
Olympic silver medalist Michael Conlan made his pro debut on St. Patrick’s Day at Madison Square Garden’s small room, and was accompanied by fellow Irishman McGregor.
“I’m the boxing guy, watch me take over boxing,” said McGregor to Mike Coppinger for USA TODAY. “No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming, trust me on that one. When I step in [the boxing ring], I’m going to shock the whole goddamn world. Trust me on that. Look me in the eyes — 28 years of age.
“Confident as a [expletive]. Long, rangy. Dangerous with every hand. Trust me. I’m going to stop Floyd. You’re all going to eat your words. The whole word is going to eat their words. I am boxing.”
In a sign of a man who has not let the fame break his character, when McGregor was asked in ring about Mayweather, he returned the attention to a man having his very first pro fight.
“It’s about Conlan tonight,” said McGregor to a reporter. “I’m here to support him.”
And for the record, Conlan won in the third.
And for the record, McGregor’s vow to shock the world has a familiar ring. This is the irrationally confident Ali after defeating Sonny Liston.
” Almighty God was with me,” said The Greatest. “I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest! I’m the greatest thing that ever lived. I don’t have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old. I must be the greatest. I showed the world. I talk to God every day. I know the real God. I shook up the world, I’m the king of the world. You must listen to me. I am the greatest! I can’t be beat!”