Tuesday 27 September 2016

Conor McGregor: 'I'll never forget hard times on the dole queue in Crumlin'

Laura Larkin

Published 12/08/2015 | 17:52

Conor McGregor and girlfriend Dee Devlin in Las Vegas. Picture: Instagram
Conor McGregor and girlfriend Dee Devlin in Las Vegas. Picture: Instagram

HIS life is a whirlwind of marathon shopping sprees and plush hotel suites, but Conor McGregor said he never forgets his days on the dole in Dublin.

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“It’s absolutely insane,” he said of his rise to the top of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world.

“It’s mind-blowing. But I never forget the struggles. I never forget where I came from. I never ever forget the hard times,” he added

“I pinch myself because I am surrounded by luxury. But make no mistake – it’s luxury built on sacrifice.”

McGregor has spoken openly about being on job seeker’s allowance in the past.

“When things were really bad I didn’t have a pot to p*ss in,” he said in a previous interview. “Really, nothing. I’m not a stupid guy and it was hard standing in the a dole queue.”

Despite his humble beginnings in Crumlin, the Notorious has certainly adjusted to the high life with relative ease, often boasting about his cash and the perks that it brings.

To mark his last win he splashed out on matching ‘his n’ hers’ Audemars Piguet diamond-encrusted Royal Oak watches, each costing between €30,000 to €50,000, for him and his girlfriend Dee Devlin.

Speaking to the Guardian, he revealed another shopping splurge, amid the celebrations for his victory over Chad Mendes to claim the interim featherweight world title.

“We went shopping for 10 hours straight yesterday. I got us a limo and we stuffed it with shopping bags so it was a great day and then we had a great night,” he said.

He might be living it up in Las Vegas now, but he said that he misses his parents dearly and is looking forward to getting home soon.

Moving from Crumlin to Lucan as a teen was also tough, he admitted.

“I never truly left Crumlin. You have your friends at that age and where we moved to I didn’t relate to anyone,” he said. “My boxing gym was in Crumlin, my football club was in Crumlin. I love Crumlin dearly.

“I love Dublin 12 dearly. Anytime I am back in Dublin I head to Crumlin, to my friends. I’ve had many great moments – but to go back this month to Crumlin as the UFC world champion will be the pinnacle.”

The Dubliner has also thrown down the gauntlet to boxer Floyd Mayweather. A McGregor-Mayweather fight card could draw €500m, the confident fighter predicted.

“Only a cross-style match between Mayweather and me could generate that kind of interest and revenue. So maybe it could happen. I would certainly be up for it. I am capitalising on every single opportunity,” he said.

It was announced this week that his eagerly-anticipated fight with Jose Aldo will take place on December 12 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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