Irish eyes are smiling ahead of Conor’s ‘megafight’
CAIRNS boxing trainer Patrick Kelly reckons if anyone is going to win one of the most anticipated fights in sporting history, it will be an Irishman.
The day that Far North sports fans have been salivating over for the past few months is finally here.
UFC fighting machine Conor McGregor will step into the boxing ring against US world champion Floyd Mayweather in front of 20,000 fans at an arena in Las Vegas tomorrow.
“Floyd Mayweather is the best boxer of our generation so I understand the miracle task that is at hand,” Mr Kelly said. “But if anyone can do it, McGregor can do it.”
Mr Kelly, a passionate Irishman, runs Beyond PT and trains at Fusion Fight and Fitness in Cairns.
The Kildare-born fighter moved to the Far North seven years ago for the lifestyle.
“McGregor has the work ethic and the passion. We rally behind our sports stars – whether they are underdogs or favourites – and it is no different for this boy,” he said.
The fight will happen tomorrow by Far North watches and is broadcast in 150 countries on pay-per-view.
Cairns watering holes such as the Reef Casino, Jack Hotel and Brothers Leagues Club are shaping up to be prime spots for punters to catch the action.
Mr Kelly said the match-up was “just crazy”.
“I am just letting blind patriotism lead me in this one,” he said.
“It is a bit like Canada trying to beat the All Blacks in rugby union.”
GEARED UP: MMA fighter Brendan Vaughan from Trinity Beach and Irish boxing coach Patrick Kelly of Manunda are ready to cheer on Conor McGregor at The Jack ahead of the fight against Floyd Mayweather tomorrow.