‘Las Vegas is Ireland now’: Conor McGregor devotees attack the Strip
The Las Vegas Strip has become a blur of emerald t-shirts, brew and songs ahead of the fight, as Irish fans hope for a historic upset against Floyd Mayweather
If Conor McGregor comes up short against Floyd Mayweather in their junior middleweight oppose on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena, it won’t be for lack of support.
Thousands of Irish devotees have descended on the Las Vegas row to support their countryman as he seems to spring an upset that would surely pace among the greatest in its own history of the award ring.
Their presence can be crudely quantified by the prices at the athletics books around town, which have shortened over such courses of the week to roughly 3-1, exceedingly charitable 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 palpable on the piece, which has become a blur of emerald soccer, rugby organization and Gaelic football t-shirts. They were carousing from dawn on Friday in the casinos and at the swanky outdoor watering holes beneath a cloudless sky on the way to the T-Mobile Arena, double-fisting beers and frozen sips, singing psalms and brimming with confidence as shining as the August sun.
Among them were Dillon Barnes, Bob Neville and Gibo MacDermott, who were sucking down beers outside the T-Mobile Arena several hours before Friday’s weigh-in, wearing matching kelly-green dress festooned with shamrocks. Neville even recollected to wear a dress shirt.
Darren and Grainne O’Mahony had no such problem. The husband and wife from Limerick, who arrived on Thursday for a four-night stay at the Golden Nugget downtown, climbed on a pair of seats immediately when they went on sale.
” The tickets were costly ,” Grainne said with a joyous smile.” We’ll possibly 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 stood at Neptune Stadium in Cork seven years ago when McGregor was submitted by Joe Duffy in one of his first MMA bouts. That setback feels like a far-off recall, he said, and he has no doubt that McGregor will offend the pundits on Saturday night.
” We wouldn’t be here otherwise ,” he said.
Their confidence was matched by Jennifer Fitzpatrick, a 22 -year-old from Dublin temporarily in San Diego on a student visa.
” McGregor, 100% ,” said Fitzpatrick, invest in an orange sports bra and Irish pennant.” I think it will go on for a while, but eventually he’ll get to him .”