Feature | Aug 23 2017

LONG READ Conor McGregor is not the first to invade boxing

Conor McGregor’s desire to invade the boxing world is nothing new. Don Stradley investigates the craze, and unearths a motley crew of boxing aliens
Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
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THIS fight is now a reality, after UFC star Conor McGregor teased us a few times about a possible bout with Floyd Mayweather Jnr. Just when we were dismissing the idea, McGregor applied for and was granted a California boxing licence. Then UFC President Dana White offered $25 million to each fellow (plus a cut of the pay-per-view profits), an offer at which Mayweather sneered. Manny Pacquiao piped in and said he’d be willing to fight McGregor, but the Irishman has remained focused on Mayweather. “It’s a fight the people want,” McGregor said most recently. “It’s the fight I want.”

It was just about enough to keep our imaginations tweaked.

Conor McGregor