Conor McGregor's press conference fur coat was actually a tribute to a boxing legend
Published 11/11/2016 | 10:20
Conor McGregor took to the stage for his UFC 205 pre-fight press conference last night and as usual, it was a controversial affair.
The UFC featherweight champion arrived 20 minutes late wearing a red poloneck and an eye-catching white fur coat, before things kicked off between himself and lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
McGregor will bid to become the first fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time when he takes on the American at Madison Square Garden this Saturday, and things almost kicked off when the two came face to face last night.
The Dubliner put his belt alongside Alvarez's before Dana White had to step in two separate the fighters, with McGregor threatening to throw a chair at his opponent.
Aside from that skirmish, it was McGregor's attire that caught the eye, with many people talking about his choice of coat.
His fight with Alvarez will be the main event of New York City's first ever UFC card, and it appears that McGregor may have been paying tribute to a legendary Madison Square Garden fight of the past with his clothes.
Joe Frazier wore a near identical poloneck and coat before his second bout with Muhammad Ali in 1974, with many Twitter users pointing out that McGregor's outfit was likely a throwback to what was worn by the legendary pugilist all those years ago.
Joe Frazier in 1974 before MSG fight with Muhanned Ali.— Jonn. (@JonnGrey) November 10, 2016
Conor McGregor in 2016 before MSG fight with Eddie Alverez. pic.twitter.com/lZUcUbSKjn