Whether or not you believe UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor can defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside of the boxing ring tomorrow night (Sat., Aug. 26, 2017) live on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, there’s no denying the Irishman’s widespread following.
As one of the most fascinating fighters to enter combat sports in a long time, “Notorious” has managed to cast a wide net when it comes to popularity, promotion, marketing, and the overall ability to create a massive fan base. Talking trash to his opponents certainly helps McGregor’s ability to stand out, but it’s the way the 29-year-old finishes fights that ultimately attracts such a huge following worldwide.
Leading into his historic showdown with undefeated boxing legend Mayweather this weekend in Las Vegas, McGregor’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland, is paying massive tribute to the UFC champ. This time around, some of McGregor’s more talented fans are hitting the pavement and producing some of the sickest street art you’ll ever see (images courtesy of MMA Fighting’s Peter Carroll).
From outside Sin Nightclub, Temple Bar, Dublin:
From outside Old County Barber Shop, Crumlin, Dublin (Art by @billy_f_91):
From the corner of Gardiner Street, Dublin (Art by @sarah_bracken_art):
From a skate park in Millennium Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin:
From the motorway as you leave Dublin for Wicklow:
Pretty cool, right?
While these artsy portrayals of McGregor and his rise to fame are nice to look at, they won’t help “Notorious” actually land punches on “Money” tomorrow night. In order to do that, McGregor must reinvent the entire game of boxing and give Mayweather something he has never seen before.
If he’s able to accomplish the unthinkable (yet again) and defeat Mayweather, the resulting street art in Dublin will be even more epic than these pre-fight renderings.
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