Conor McGregor spoke on the most recent edition of The Exchange and explained his feelings about the comparisons made between him and Muhammad Ali.
Dana White made the headlines today for making the comparison between Conor McGregor and Muhammad Ali, stressing his belief that Conor is the superior trash-talker of the two.
Dana White believes Conor McGregor is as good if not better than Muhammad Ali at getting people to tune in to his fights 👊pic.twitter.com/cDrBNgiM9n
— BT Sport (@btsport) October 3, 2018
Ali is, of course, one of the most important figures of the 20th century – not only in the world of sport, but as an all-encompassing example in a time in which he was tested to limits that a regular athlete wouldn’t be exposed to.
A lot of people instantly recoil at the notion that someone can be compared to the legendary boxer but in fairness to Dana, his point had nothing to do with the Irishman’s accomplishments or significance within modern-day culture.
Conor’s mental warfare is the more layered of the two but it does come down to personal preference. If you have an almighty bone to pick with the Irishman – as a lot of people do – you’re probably not going to mention his way with words in the same breath.
Hearing his name mentioned alongside the G.O.A.T still doesn’t fully sit well with McGregor himself – telling host of The Exchange Megan Olivi that despite being proud of the comparison, he does not consider himself comparable to Ali.
“I appreciate that. I always appreciate the comparison but I’m quick to say that I am not anywhere close to Muhammad Ali.
“That was a special man. I am just a simple young kid from Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland and I’m here looking for a fight.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena