‘Las Vegas is Ireland now’: Conor McGregor devotees 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 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 strip to support their countryman as he searches to spring an upset that would surely frequency among the greatest in its own history of the prize ring.
Their presence can be crudely quantified by the prices at the plays journals around city, which have lessened over the course of the week to approximately 3-1, mighty charitable stranges for a novice boxer obligating his professional introduction against a five-division champ who is unbeaten in 49 fights.
But it’s been even more palpable on the deprive, which has become a blur of emerald football, rugby organization and Gaelic football jerseys. 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 brews and frozen guzzles, singing ballads 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 coinciding kelly-green suits festooned with shamrocks. Neville even remembered 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, jumped on a pair of posteriors immediately when they went on sale.
” The tickets were expensive ,” Grainne said with a joyful grin.” We’ll perhaps 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 run 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 memory, he said, and he has no doubt that McGregor will scandalize the scholars 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, apparel in an orange plays bra and Irish flag.” I think it will go on for a while, but eventually he’ll get at him .”