Conor McGregor’s manager Audie Attar spoke to journalists recently about the current situation regarding the negotiations with Floyd Mayweather and his own views on the buildup and the fight itself.
There seems to be no shortage of McGregor/Mayweather speculation these days but there are perhaps only a few people on the planet whose words hold any merit on the subject, one of those people – it could be said – is Conor McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar.
Attar, who spoke with Fight Hub TV in a recent interview was in a buoyant mood as he gave the media some insight into the ongoing negotiations between both parties and though nothing concrete was revealed, it was worth noting that his excitement when speaking about the subject spoke volumes.
“I think it started with Floyd talking, and now it’s evolved to the UFC making an offer. It feels more real now than it ever has. That makes it a very, very intruiging and interesting business opportunity and athletic opportunity for Conor, so we’re excited and hopefully it comes to fruition.”
“Listen, you can’t argue that Floyd was not only a great fighter but he was also a great entertainer, he gets it, so ultimately, there’s no love lost and the banter is going to come from both sides and if you don’t think Conor can hold his own with regards to how he responds then… just get some popcorn and enjoy the show.”
Though the fight now seems destined to happen, many are not giving McGregor anything more than a puncher’s chance against the 49-0 Mayweather, and though Attar takes nothing away from the dominant Floyd, he still maintains that he has faced nobody who presents challenges like the ones Conor brings to the table before.
“I’ll tell you one thing. Conor’s not going to be running around, they’re going to engage and some fireworks will happen so let’s cross our fingers that we get there and all these stars align cause they’re looking like they’re continuing to do so.”
“I think people are sleeping on Conor’s power. Again, Floyd is super experienced going into his domain but Conor’s counter-striking, his timing and his power and I don’t think Floyd has ever faced someone with his reach, so as a fan I’m excited to see that. Going in with bigger gloves, I don’t think Conor’s going to get knocked out but I do believe he has a chance of knocking Floyd out.”
Mayweather’s own reach of 72 inches is just 2 shorter than Conor’s but what McGregor brings to the table is a larger frame and weight advantage that does indeed make this perhaps more interesting than people are giving it credit for. Of course, McGregor goes into this bout as the massive underdog but in terms of the sheer spectacle it would offer, it will more than likely break several records if it does indeed go ahead.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena