Tuesday 24 April 2018

US President Donald Trump wants to attend McGregor v Mayweather fight - but there is one small problem

Mayweather and McGregor face off and (inset) Donald Trump
Mayweather and McGregor face off and (inset) Donald Trump

Luke Brown

It’s the fight everybody wants to see. Including, it appears, the President of the United States of America and the leader of the free world: Donald Trump.

UFC head honcho Dana White has admitted that Trump has expressed an interest in attending Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, on August 26.

But there’s only one problem: White says that Trump is too worried to attend, because he think he’ll ruin the party atmosphere by daring to turn up.

“[Trump] is 100% interested in attending the event,” White said during the whistle-stop media tour ahead of the fight. “But they called me yesterday and I don't think they're going to come, but he'll be watching.

“He feels like he'll ruin events, he'll ruin the event if he shows up. Secret Service is going to have to go through the place, shut down streets and create crazy traffic.”

But, should Trump find the courage to attend the event, White has reassured him that he will be welcomed with open arms – by the fight promoters, at least.

Trump is no stranger to marquee fights, and enjoyed turning out at some of boxing’s biggest events before he found himself somehow winding up as the most powerful man in the world.

He sat ringside for Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquaio and also has a friendship with Mike Tyson.

And that’s without mentioning his storied professional wrestling career.

Trump infamously starred at WrestleMania 23 in 2007, and shaved off Vince McMahon’s air in one skit in the middle of the ring.

He’s appeared at numerous WWE events, and once shouted at his long-standing adversary McMahon: “Your grapefruits are no match for my Trump Towers.”

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