Thursday 18 January 2018

Revealed: The Irish star who will sing the national anthem at much-anticipated McGregor-Mayweather fight

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 25: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on August 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will meet boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

People have been speculating for weeks as to who would do the honour of singing Ireland's national anthem at the highly anticipated fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather tonight in Vegas.

Would it be another Beautiful Day for Bono? Or would Niall Horan's Slow Hands get a chance to shine?

But the person behind the microphone for the huge event will be none other than Dublin diva Imelda May, amid suggestions that the U2 frontman has other committments.

"Here's the news!" the Dubliner wrote on Twitter overnight. "I’ve been asked to perform the National Anthem ahead of the #mayweathermcgregor fight in VEGAS!"

"Let’s go McGregor!!" she added.

It is understood that Ms May had been due to play another festival in the UK tonight.

The news comes after UFC president Dana White revealed that he had attempted to draft in Bono to do the honours at the last minute after he discovered it was up to the McGregor team to arrange their own singer.

However the U2 frontman was already set to attend a wedding.

Imelda May
Imelda May

"It's a crazy story," said White. "Showtime basically popped it on us two days ago saying 'you guys have to go'.

"I was trying to call Ireland at all the wrong times."

But the camp appears to have secured another of Dublin's finest in diva Imelda May, who was due to play the Down on the Close festival in Rugby tonight.

The songstress has cancelled her appearance to take up the arguable grander offer in Vegas.

Mayweather has enlisted the services of former Disney star Demi Lovato to sing the Star Spangled Banner.

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