I think McGregor gets a hard time.
He’s made himself the biggest name in a US dominated sport, by acting the ballix at press conferences and backing it up in the octagon. After this weekend he’ll have been involved in the Top 5 grossing PPVs in the sport’s history.
Of course, you don’t have to like him, but for a Dub to have done what he has achieved is worth being proud about, even though he’s done things are absolutely not to be proud of. But like our boys in blue, who are heroes, some of them have done some horrible things like biting and gouging, that none of us were proud of, but doesn’t lessen their incredible achievements.
Reading some comments on this thread is like reading Spewan McKenna on the Dubs. Last week he said Jim Gavin can’t be classed as a great manager, because all he’s doing is what he should be doing!
I think this is similar to comments about McGregor that he was disrespecting the court because he cursed outside it, because he parked illegally (even though a load of cops around?) and he sped away (even though he wasn’t driving!). It’s as if people’s sensitivities become more delicate when talking about him (of course he has done some obnoxious things and worse, but it’s the making other stuff up that gets me).
While not completely false, the press conference persona is a gross exaggeration of his real persona. It was actually funny in the days when he was low down on the undercard and he was upstaging world champions and hogging all the limelight. Now that he’s the top name, a lot of it is forced, crass and cringe. He still has a great Dublin wit and will throw in the odd very funny comment, but you have to suffer the rest to get it.
But really those press conferenc should be treated for what they are. A lot of hyped up nonsnese. Here’s a proper interview he did this week (radio) with one of the most respected journalists in MMA. Yes, there are still parts where he comes across as an ass, but there are also some interesting parts and funny parts, particularly towards the end of the interview, and it’s worth listening to