“He’s a really distinctive particular person,” White stated. “That’s why I name him the unicorn. He’s in contrast to another fighter I’ve ever handled in my complete profession. His perception in himself is unbelievable.”
It’s why what may need appeared an unimaginable dream – McGregor shifting into the world of boxing to face Floyd Mayweather – is now a actuality, with the pair assembly at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. And so far as White is worried, he’s not about to start out choosing towards his fighter anytime quickly.
“In my historical past with him, this man has accomplished every little thing he stated he would do, together with choosing the spherical that he would do it in.”
That historical past started in 2013, when White introduced within the assured, but unproven, Irishman to face the UFC’s greatest. Proprietor of a 12-2 report on the time, McGregor had constructed a constructive fame in Europe, however that wasn’t what initially bought the UFC boss.
“Once we first discovered Conor, you don’t know if a man can battle, however we knew he had the character,” he stated. “He was hilarious and enjoyable to be round, and as soon as he obtained in entrance of the general public, we felt he might be an enormous star.
“However might he struggle?”
He might. Proprietor of a 9-1 UFC document that features world titles at one hundred forty five and one hundred fifty five kilos, in addition to seven knockouts, the 29-yr-previous McGregor proved that he was top-of-the-line fighters on the planet. However past that, McGregor transcended the game and have become a world celebrity in slightly over 4 years, so when he began speaking about crossing from the Octagon to the ring to face the forty nine-zero Mayweather, White listened. And when the deal was made, the world began watching, studying and listening to all the things related to the bout.
“This can be a international battle,” White stated on the Brooklyn cease of the 4-cease, three nation media tour to formally announce the battle. “It’s a battle that the entire world is watching and is involved in. In the event you would have informed me a yr in the past that I might be at a world tour press convention for McGregor vs. Mayweather, I might have by no means anticipated that. However right here we’re.”
Now it’s lower than three weeks away, begging the query, does White consider McGregor can pull off the upset of the century?
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“I don’t see him (McGregor) outpointing Floyd in a boxing match,” he stated. “I consider that on this battle, Floyd goes to struggle the best way he historically fights. He’s the most effective defensive fighter ever, I feel he’s gonna keep on his toes and transfer round lots and use the ring to attempt to keep away from McGregor. And I feel McGregor goes straight after him and tries to tough him up and tries to knock him out.”
And whereas making an attempt and succeeding are two various things, White thinks that it’s very potential that the celebs will align at T-Cellular Area and that McGregor’s youth, measurement and confidence can overcome Mayweather’s expertise and standing as the best boxer of this period.
“Floyd Mayweather has unimaginable protection and he’s quick,” he stated. “However right here’s actuality: Floyd Mayweather is forty years previous, Conor McGregor is a southpaw, and if there’s any kink in that armor, it’s when Floyd goes towards southpaws. McGregor is 29 years previous and he hits like a truck. When McGregor hits individuals, he hurts them, and when he hurts them, he finishes them. In a 12-spherical struggle, is Conor ever gonna hit him as soon as? I consider he’ll hit him greater than as soon as and we’ll see what occurs when Floyd will get hit.”
If McGregor wins, the world may stand nonetheless for a second. However Dana White gained’t be stunned.
“I ended doubting Conor McGregor a very long time in the past.”