"When a guy like me comes along with the number of people that I bring with me, everyone else has to step aside. I feel like a veteran now. I have found comfort in this circus. I find comfort in the uncomfortable. My goal is to be the best version of myself that is possible – and the best version is the greatest fighter of all time. That is my goal." – McGregor to Sky Sports in January 2015.
Four-and-a-half years ago Conor McGregor was collecting welfare benefits while Floyd Mayweather equaled his own all-time boxing record of earning a $32 million purse for beating Robert Guerrero. McGregor's ascent into a fight against Mayweather, which should earn them nine-figure sums, appears to be remarkably rapid, but he did warn us that it was coming.
In fact, he's been predicting his own greatness since he was a miserable, teenage plumbing apprentice. An innate belief in his own value has been present at every stage of McGregor's life and has delivered him to the cusp of a record-breaking occasion.
In the combat sports pay-per-view extravaganza on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is taking a different dietary approach to the contest than he would for an MMA fight, according to nutritionist George Lockhart.
The goal is for McGregor against Mayweather to go through training camp and arrive at fight week at a lighter weight than he would an MMA fight. The bout with Mayweather takes place at 154 pounds, and 155-pound UFC champ “The Notorious” will favor a lean-and-mean approach rather than trying to pack on mass to outsize Mayweather.
Lockhart is one of the most reputable weight-management specialists in the sport, and throughout McGregor’s training camp, he’s shared an inside look at the meals he’s preparing for the Irishman