‘Las Vegas is Ireland now’: Conor McGregor followers occupy the Strip
The Las Vegas Strip has become a blur of emerald t-shirts, beer and songs ahead of the fight, as Irish love hope for an historical upset against Floyd Mayweather
If Conor McGregor comes up short against Floyd Mayweather in their junior middleweight contend on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena, it won’t be for lack of support.
Thousands of Irish fans have pitched on the Las Vegas row to support their countryman as he looks to spring an upset that would surely pace among the greatest in the history of the prize ring.
Their presence can be crudely quantified by the prices at the athletics works around municipality, which have lessened over the course of the week to approximately 3-1, excessively philanthropic curious for a novice boxer establishing his professional introduction against a five-division champion who is unbeaten in 49 paying fights.
But it’s been even more evident on the piece, which has become a blur of emerald football, rugby league and Gaelic football jerseys. They were carousing from dawn on Friday in the casinoes and at the swanky outdoor watering holes beneath a cloudless sky on the way to the T-Mobile Arena, double-fisting beers and frozen drinkings, singing lyrics and brimming with confidence as luminous as the August sun.
Among them were Dillon Barnes, Bob Neville and Gibo MacDermott, “whos” sucking down beers outside the T-Mobile Arena several hours before Friday’s weigh-in, wearing coinciding kelly-green suits festooned with shamrocks. Neville even remembered to wear a dress shirt.
Darren and Grainne O’Mahony had no such difficulty. The husband and wife from Limerick, who arrived on Thursday for a four-night stay at the Golden Nugget downtown, jump-start on a duo of fannies immediately when they went on sale.
” The tickets were costly ,” Grainne said with a joyous grinning.” We’ll maybe have to starve for a couple of months but it was worth it.
” We’re here for Conor because we know he’s going to do it and we’re here to celebrate afterwards. I couldn’t get off operate but I told them I have to get it off, I have to come here to support him .”
Darren was in the stands at Neptune Stadium in Cork seven years ago when McGregor was submitted by Joe Duffy in one of his first MMA contests. That setback feels like a far-off remembrance, he said, and he has no doubt that McGregor will sicken the scholars on Saturday night.
” We wouldn’t be here otherwise ,” he said.
Their confidence was is in accordance with Jennifer Fitzpatrick, a 22 -year-old from Dublin temporarily in San Diego on a student visa.
” McGregor, 100% ,” said Fitzpatrick, clad in an orange sports bra and Irish pennant.” I think it will go on for a while, but eventually he’ll get to him .”