Wednesday 21 March 2018

Joe Corcoran: Love him or hate him, but McGregor is a global icon

He's already achieved fame and fortune. But what's next for Dublin's fighting superstar, asks Joe Corcoran

Conor McGregor struts his stuff in the UFC Octagon
Conor McGregor struts his stuff in the UFC Octagon

Joe Corcoran

When we say that a moment is history in the making, what we usually mean is that it is so utterly without precedence that we lack the perspective needed to fully comprehend its significance then and there.

For four years and a few odd months now, Conor McGregor has been caught up in just such a moment. In that time, he has transcended two different sports, put Crumlin on the pages of the Wall Street Journal and gone from a €188 weekly social welfare cheque to a net worth well in excess of $100m.

All of this would be impressive in its own right, but what makes McGregor's ascension particularly historic is that it has occurred without there being any underlying structure in place to precipitate it. He has not just climbed the ladder of success, but built it anew, higher than anyone had ever thought possible.

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