CONFIRMED: Conor McGregor To Fight Muhammad Ali
FOLLOWING months of speculation, UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor has just been confirmed to fight former heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas this coming August.
In a bout estimated to be worth 200 million dollars each, Muhammad Ali will enter the ring after 35 years to take on the mixed martial artist in a boxing match-up, and fight 5 four minute rounds.
“I’ve been dreaming about this my whole life,” McGregor told a packed press conference in LA this morning. “I have a lot of respect for Ali, but when I get into that ring, I will not be holding back. He will feel the power of my left hand, and he will succumb to my animalistic movements.
“There will be no bee stinging me, just a butterfly dropping to the canvas” he added. “I’ll annihilate him”.
Ali, who has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease since 1984, has been labelled the underdog by bookmakers, but his coach believes that with some training and the right mindset, Ali can beat McGregor.
“Ali has a greater reach and weight advantage, so it will be an interesting bout,” trainer Leroy Tompkins stated. “I don’t think age comes into it. Fighting is like riding a bike”.
Since the announcement, McGregor has already started the online mind games, calling Ali a “has been” on twitter, and promising to “pulverise” the 74 year old in the first ten seconds of the bout.