‘Las Vegas is Ireland now’: Conor McGregor fans invade the Strip
The Las Vegas Strip has become a blur of emerald jerseys, beer and songs ahead of the fight, as Irish followers hope for an historical upset against Floyd Mayweather
If Conor McGregor comes up short against Floyd Mayweather in their junior middleweight push on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena, it won’t be for lack of support.
Thousands of Irish devotees have tumbled on the Las Vegas strip to support their countryman as he searches to spring an upset that would surely pace among the greatest in its own history of the prize ring.
Their presence can be crudely quantified by the prices at the plays notebooks around city, which have decreased over such courses of the week to roughly 3-1, enormously philanthropic peculiars for a novice boxer inducing his professional entry against a five-division champ who is unbeaten in 49 paying fights.
But it’s been even more palpable on the deprive, which has become a blur of emerald football, rugby union and Gaelic football jerseys. They were carousing from dawn on Friday in the casinoes and at the swanky outdoor watering hole beneath a cloudless sky on the way to the T-Mobile Arena, double-fisting beers and frozen beverages, singing chants and brimming with confidence as luminous as the August sun.
Among them were Dillon Barnes, Bob Neville and Gibo MacDermott, who were sucking down brews outside the T-Mobile Arena several hours before Friday’s weigh-in, wearing pairing kelly-green suits festooned with shamrocks. Neville even recollected to wear a dress shirt.
Darren and Grainne O’Mahony had no such question. The husband and wife from Limerick, who arrived on Thursday for a four-night stay at the Golden Nugget downtown, jump-start on a duet of posteriors immediately when they went on sale.
” The tickets were expensive ,” Grainne said with a joyful grinning.” 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 subsequentlies. I couldn’t get off labour 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 remember, 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, attired in an orange athletics bra and Irish pennant.” I think it will go on for a while, but eventually he’ll get to him .”