Conor McGregor: Irishman Loves Cleto Reyes Gloves
Conor McGregor was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1988, overcoming dire circumstances during his childhood to later reach the pinnacle of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. McGregor’s success is partly due to Dee Devlin, his girlfriend since 2008 and mother of his child, Conor Jack McGregor Jr., who was born on May 5, 2017.
As a child, McGregor played soccer in the poor neighborhood of Crumlin, but eventually found an outlet for his rage in boxing. In his adolescent years, McGregor trained mixed martial arts under John Kavanagh.
He now knows Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, and has a black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Conor stands at 5’9″ with a reach of 74,” giving him the edge in many fights.
Alongside his fighting ability and reckless comments, McGregor’s notoriety comes from the various tattoos covering his body. His most notable ink is a gorilla on his chest biting a heart as well as his last name and nickname next to a tiger on his stomach.
McGregor turned into the most significant personality in the UFC when he held the lightweight and featherweight titles at the same time in 2016. He eventually got stripped of both belts due to inactivity in the UFC.
Conor gained additional fame after boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017. Although he lost the bout, the Irishman earned $100 million, becoming one of the wealthiest athletes in the world with a net worth of $172 million.
A couple of days before the fight, while in Mexico, McGregor received a jumbo-sized Cleto Reyes boxing glove as a gift. He then went on a classic Conor trash-talking rant about how much he loved Mexican gloves but that Mayweather feared them.
“You see this Cleto Reyes brand? Floyd went crazy when these were brought up because in the rules and in the contract, no Mexican gloves and no gloves made of horse hairs so he must fear the Mexicans,” McGregor told a Televisa reporter.
“He’s fought a lot of Mexicans in his career,” he continued. “But that was a stipulation that we had in the contract. The gloves must be ten ounce, no Mexican, no horse hair. And then I went, and I start feeling the Mexican gloves.”
McGregor then compared Mexican boxing to the Irish style, saying, “Because I come from a game where the glove is the same. It’s four ounces. And then I start feeling the Mexican glove and how it feels. And it’s a crazy glove. The Mexicans are like the Irish. We love a good fight. So thank you so much for this. Viva la Mexico!”
Speculation over an MMA showdown between Mayweather and McGregor recently caught traction, with the Irishman as the favorite. UFC’s President Dana White, however, would rather see McGregor return to the ring with a fight against the winner of the upcoming match-up between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Whatever happens, Conor McGregor will keep giving the media and the fans something to talk about for years to come. After all, he will never stop being Notorious.