Sunday 27 May 2018

McGregor fans take fight online over latest waxwork

Conor McGregor’s father Tony with the Conor McGregor waxwork of the MMA champion dressed in one of his trademark suits. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Conor McGregor’s father Tony with the Conor McGregor waxwork of the MMA champion dressed in one of his trademark suits. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Dean Grey

The National Wax Museum has unveiled its model of MMA superstar Conor McGregor - but had to defend it against claims it bore little likeness to the fighter.

McGregor is busy preparing for his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas - so it was his father Tony who turned up to the unveiling yesterday.

Like the man himself, the wax figure was decked out in the finest threads, with tailor Louis Copeland providing a custom-made suit for the statue.

"The suit was selected from the bespoke garments we create for Conor," Mr Copeland said.

The back of the suit also had McGregor's 'The Notorious' nickname emblazoned on it.

However, the wax figure drew a polarising reaction online, with the museum's own Twitter account sending a number of tweets defending the creation after people questioned whether it looked anything like the champion fighter.

One user even suggested that the depiction of McGregor was worse than the much-maligned statue of Cristiano Ronaldo, unveiled in Madeira last March.

"You're making a judgment from a photo you've seen online," the museum said in response to one critical tweet.

The Dublin city centre museum expects McGregor will become one of its most popular attractions.

Irish Independent

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