Sunday 19 November 2017

WATCH: 'So normal and down to earth' - Conor McGregor's lovely gesture to Mick Konstantin

Mick Konstantin performs with Irish in Vegas and (inset) with Conor McGregor ar the pool party in the Wynne Hotel
Mick Konstantin performs with Irish in Vegas and (inset) with Conor McGregor ar the pool party in the Wynne Hotel
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Kildare teacher and song writer Mick Konstantin got up close and personal with the human side of Conor McGregor in Las Vegas over the weekend.

McGregor - beaten by TKO in the 10th round of his money-spinning showdown against Floyd Mayweather - flew Konstantin and friend Noel Ryan to Vegas after his song 'There's Only One Conor McGregor' went viral and hit number one in the Irish iTunes charts.

No expense was spared for Konstantin and Ryan as they were ferried to the exclusive Wynne Hotel in a top-of-the-range Limousine while they were seated among some of the world's best-known celebrities in the T Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

Konstantin has become a star in his own right and admits he "couldn't walk 20 yards down the strip without being stopped for a photo".

While trash talk and bravado dominated the build up to the fight, Konstantin got to know the real Conor McGregor at a pool party in the Wynne Hotel on Sunday.

The Maynooth man was enjoying himself at the party when McGregor spotted him and casually walked over to bring him up to the VIP section.

"He was in his own little VIP section and he saw me, came over and brought me up," Konstantin told Independent.ie.

"I was talking to him for a couple of minutes, he was so normal and down to earth. He told me he had to go say a few words, which he did, and then he came back to me again.

Mick Konstantin was seated close to the ring in Las Vegas
Mick Konstantin was seated close to the ring in Las Vegas

"I thanked him for everything. I was so grateful, it was all a surreal experience.

"We talked about the song and about school. We both attended Coláiste Cois Life..he left the year I came in. There was about 30-40 people in the VIP section, all family and friends and they were all so normal and sound.

"His friends wanted to get into photos with me." 

Konstantin, with the aid of his trusty ukulele, performed his hit song all over the Vegas strip as masses of Irish joined in to create a party atmosphere.

Mick Konstantin and Conor McGregor at the pool party in the Wynne Hotel
Mick Konstantin and Conor McGregor at the pool party in the Wynne Hotel

It was the catchy tune that caught the attention of McGregor.

"It was one hell of a song. It's a very catchy song. We actually reached out to the guy," said McGregor before the fight.

"I had my people reach out to him and we're booking him a flight, him plus one.

"We're going to bring him over to the fight and get him tickets and put him up in a hotel and I'm going to meet him maybe after the fight.

"I'm going to bring him in as a thank-you for the support.

"What a song - it's the journey in music form.

"Myself and my team, we enjoyed it very much, so we're going to fly him out. Him and a friend."

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