‘Las Vegas is Ireland now’: Conor McGregor love infest 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 campaign on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena, it won’t be for lack of support.
Thousands of Irish fans have descended on the Las Vegas deprive to support their countryman as he looks to spring an disturbed that would surely rate among the greatest in its own history of the pillage ring.
Their presence can be crudely quantified by the prices at the athletics volumes around municipality, which have abbreviated over such courses of the week to approximately 3-1, mighty charitable peculiars for a novice boxer building his professional debut against a five-division champ who is unbeaten in 49 paying fights.
But it’s been even more palpable on the row, which has become a blur of emerald football, rugby organization 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 brews and frozen glass, singing anthems and brimming with confidence as luminous as the August sun.
Among them were Dillon Barnes, Bob Neville and Gibo MacDermott, “whos” sucking down brews outside the T-Mobile Arena several hours before Friday’s weigh-in, wearing pairing kelly-green clothings festooned with shamrocks. Neville even recollected to wear a dress shirt.
Darren and Grainne O’Mahony had no such trouble. The husband and wife from Limerick, who arrived on Thursday for a four-night stay at the Golden Nugget downtown, hopped on a duo of accommodates immediately when they went on sale.
” The tickets were expensive ,” Grainne said with a joyous grinning.” We’ll probably 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 act 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 remembrance, he said, and he has no doubt that McGregor will sicken 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, robe in an orange athletics bra and Irish flag.” I think it will go on for a while, but eventually he’ll get at him .”