‘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 a historic upset against Floyd Mayweather
If Conor McGregor comes up short against Floyd Mayweather in their junior middleweight crusade on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena, it won’t be for lack of support.
Thousands of Irish devotees have pitched on the Las Vegas piece to support their countryman as he searches to spring an upset that would surely charge among the greatest in the history of the reward ring.
Their presence can be crudely quantified by the prices at the plays books around town, which have lessened over such courses of the week to roughly 3-1, unusually philanthropic stranges for a novice boxer inducing his professional introduction against a five-division champion who is unbeaten in 49 fights.
But it’s been even more evident on the row, which has become a blur of emerald soccer, rugby organization and Gaelic football t-shirts. 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 brews and frozen potions, singing ballads and brimming with confidence as bright 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 dress 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 duo of fannies immediately when they went on sale.
” The tickets were costly ,” Grainne said with a joyful 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 subsequentlies. I couldn’t get off task 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 bouts. That setback feels like a far-off recognition, he said, and he has no doubt that McGregor will shock the pundits 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, clothed in an orange athletics bra and Irish flag.” I think it will go on for a while, but eventually he’ll get at him .”