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Sunday 17 November 2019

McGregor: Big-talking fighting sensation was born with his fists clenched

Conor McGregor during his bout with Dennis Siver. The Dublin fighter could earn up to €1m annually from endorsements as world champion.
Conor McGregor during his bout with Dennis Siver. The Dublin fighter could earn up to €1m annually from endorsements as world champion.
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Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

It was the midwife who spotted that Conor McGregor was born with his fists clenched. Pointing it out to his parents, Tony and Margaret, she said: "He's going to be a fighter."

Never was a truer word spoken.

By the age of six or seven, the Irish featherweight star (now aged 26) had a "go-to move" that saw him headlocking a guy. By the time he was eight, the young southpaw "got serious thinking about fighting all the time, self-defence."

Brought up in Crumlin by his taxi-driver dad Tony and mother Margaret, McGregor started off playing football but gravitated to boxing at the Crumlin Boxing club.

Former boxing champion Phil Sutcliffe recalls spotting the youngster's potential at an early age. But like any father, Tony was concerned about his son's future and tried his best to get him to finish a plumbing apprenticeship.

"I remember the moment I knew he wasn't going to be a plumber," he recalled. "It was a Monday morning, I went in to wake him up and I just remember him peering out from under his blanket and saying, 'Look, this isn't for me'."

At that stage, McGregor hadn't even thought about the career potential of Mixed Martial Arts. He was only concerned with finding new ways to move his body.

It was an obsession that now looks set to make him some serious hard cash.

Irish Independent

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