Sunday 25 February 2018

Dana White reached out to Bono to sing Amhrán na bhFiann ahead of Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight

Bono, singer of U2 and cofounder of the NGO One, delivers a speech after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) during a press conference at the Elysee Palace on July 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Nicolas Kovarik/IP3/Getty Images)
Bono, singer of U2 and cofounder of the NGO One, delivers a speech after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) during a press conference at the Elysee Palace on July 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Nicolas Kovarik/IP3/Getty Images)

UFC President Dana White revealed that he had asked Bono to sing Amhrán na bhFiann ahead of Conor McGregor's professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr. this weekend.

White told reporters that he had secured a singer for the fight after initial attempts to book Bono fell through despite the U2 frontman's reported interest.

"I got it done today," White told a media scrum on Thurrsday when asked who was going to sing Amhrán na bhFiann ahead of the fight.

"I don't know how we'll announce it but we'll at least give this person the respect to do it the right way. That's a crazy story. Showtime basically popped it on us two days ago."

When asked for a timeline of events, White Said:

"I was trying to call Ireland at all the wrong times. We called Bono first. He said he wanted to do it but he's got a wedding this weekend. You can't call some like these guys with three days notice.

"We're very lucky that we pulled this off and when we're ready to announce it we'll let you know how it went down and what happened."

American pop singer Demi Lovato will sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner', the US national anthem at the fight.

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