McGre­gor plans to rule fight game with ‘iron fist’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LAS VE­GAS: Mixed mar­tial arts fighter Conor McGre­gor says he has be­come “the face of the fight game” ahead of his up­com­ing multi-mil­lion dol­lar box­ing match against Floyd May­weather in Las Ve­gas this month.

The 29-year-old Ir­ish­man, who has never boxed pro­fes­sion­ally, told re­porters at the UFC Per­for­mance In­sti­tute in Las Ve­gas on Fri­day that his sole con­cern was get­ting the win, and that the cash was a sec­ondary is­sue.

UFC light­weight cham­pion McGre­gor is due to face the 40-year old May­weather, who retied in 2015 with an un­blem­ished 49-0, on Aug 26 in a 12-round su­per wel­ter­weight box­ing bout.

“I am the face of the fight game, pe­riod. And I’ll rule over both (box­ing and MMA) with an iron fist — an iron left fist,” he told re­porters.

The fight against “Money” May­weather will shoot the brash Ir­ish­man into the fi­nan­cial strato­sphere, but McGre­gor said he was not wor­ried about the cash.

“The word (money) isn’t even in my vo­cab­u­lary. I’m pre­par­ing to win, and to win in dev­as­tat­ing fash­ion,” he said. “I don’t care about money. As long as I make my cor­rect decisions and don’t make stupid decisions, I’m set for life.”

Wear­ing a robe made for him by fash­ion de­signer Donatella Ver­sace, em­bla­zoned with his name and “No­to­ri­ous” nick­name in gold on the back, McGre­gor said he felt in “pris­tine con­di­tion” as he had his hands wrapped for the work­out.

“This is a fight that has been in my crosshairs since Floyd’s been open­ing his mouth, sim­ple as that,” McGre­gor said of his de­ci­sion to chase a match-up against one of the great­est box­ers of all time.

Both fight­ers have said that the con­test at the T-Mo­bile Arena will not go the full 12 rounds. May­weather told the me­dia at his work­out on Thurs­day that the fight go­ing the dis­tance would rep­re­sent a vic­tory for his 29year-old op­po­nent.

“You know what I heard him say yes­ter­day? Noth­ing,” McGre­gor scoffed when asked about the state­ment.

“I saw a man scared, that’s what I saw, I saw a lack­lus­tre work­out, I saw a man try­ing to talk him­self out of it. That’s what I saw.”

McGre­gor warmed up and then pulled on his box­ing gloves, work­ing up a sweat on a se­lec­tion of punch bags for 12 three-minute rounds.

Af­ter a flurry of punches on the fi­nal bag, McGre­gor still had one more part­ing shot for box­ing fans who he says are bored with how their sport.

“I just want to say to all of box­ing — it’s OK to love me as much as I love me. It’s OK. Let it go,” a beam­ing McGre­gor said. Reuters

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