Saturday 21 July 2018

'Whether you like MMA or not, what McGregor has done is extraordinary' - Vincent Hogan on Conor McGregor's rise

Irish Independent journalist Vincent Hogan has said that Conor McGregor's rise from apprentice plumber to professional boxer has been 'extraordinary'.

Hogan, who will be covering next weekend's fight for the Irish Independent, said that McGregor is now a global character who has been able to appeal to an entire generation with a brash, yet divisive persona.

"I would take that nearly the least important part of this is the fight," said Hogan.

"I think whether you like MMA or not, what McGregor has done is extraordinary. I'm fairly sure I'm right in saying that less than five years ago, before his first UFC contest, he insisted on stopping off in the post office in Lucan to get his dole money.

"That shows you where he's come from and if you go back five years ago Floyd Mayweather is the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

"Here's Conor McGregor, a former plumber from Dublin, who is now this global character.

"Whether you like his persona or not, I don't particularly like his persona in the press conferences, I don't like the way he conducts himself, and I certainly don't like it in the current climate with what we've seen is going on in America, in the tinderbox with the situation with what happened in Charlottesville last week.

"But I do get how charismatic he is to a generation. My son, he's 20-years-old, he's a really well balanced young guy, plays hurling, mad Liverpool fan, a huge McGregor fan."

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