Wednesday 26 July 2017

'By the time I'm 25 I'm going to be a self-made millionaire' - Revisiting Conor McGregor's first Late Late appearance

Jack O'Toole

On the 12th of April, 2013, Conor McGregor was introduced to the Irish public less than one week after making his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage in Stockholm.

McGregor dismantled the American with an impressive first round technical knockout, outclassing his opponent before finishing him with a barrage of punches to secure his first UFC victory.

McGregor was awarded the Knockout of the Night award by the UFC, and received a $60,000 (€53, 820) bonus for the stoppage, which was largely aided by the now famous "60 G's baby" comment to UFC President Dana White during his post-fight interview.

The Crumlin native has been unapologetic about his intentions to make as much money as possible ever since, and used his first opportunity on the Late Late Show later that week to reveal that he told his parents Tony and Margaret that he would be a self-made millionaire by the age of 25.

"I left plumbing and my mam and dad weren't too happy, but over time they saw the amount of work I put in," McGregor told Late Late host Ryan Tubirdy of his decision to leave plumbing for MMA.

"No one works harder than me. I'm the hardest working athlete on this island and they see that now, and obviously I'm making money now so I went back and said 'well I told you what I was going to do'.

"I said to my dad 'listen, by the time I'm 25-years-old, I'm going to be a self-made millionaire and he laughed at me'."

McGregor has been laughing ever since and headlined his first UFC card less than two years after that interview. Less than three years later and he was crowned the UFC's Featherweight champion, holding the record for the fastest knockout in UFC title fight history. with a 13-second knockout of former champion Jose Aldo.

Just over four years since his UFC debut and his first appearance on the Late Late, and McGregor has agreed to fight undefeated nine-time boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., in what many predict will be the biggest fight of all time.

Alan Dawson of Business Insider UK estimates that the Mayweather-McGregor fight could generate over $500 million (€448 million) in total revenue with over $50 million (€50 million) through gate receipts alone.

The fight is predicted to draw over 5 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys, which would smash the previous record of 4.4 million buys for Mayweather's fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.

Dana White estimates that McGregor could make $100 million (€90 million) for the fight which would solidify his status as a self-made millionaire.. more than one hundred times over.

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