By Jordan Ellis
It has been nine years since Conor McGregor entered the UFC octagon for the first time and what has followed has been nothing short of astonishing.
The icing on the Notorious’ cake came with a crossover clash with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in 2017, although just 45 minutes before the fight, disaster struck and he wasn’t even sure if he’d be able to fight.
The former dual-weight UFC champion, who at this point had his hands wrapped and was beginning to warm up backstage panicked as he realised he’d forgotten something. He had left his gear bag, protective cup, and mouth guard at his Las Vegas home and needed someone from his team to go to collect the essential items.
McGregor’s marvellous mishap was caught on camera and fans were able to watch the MMA star and Mayweather scramble to save the fight less than an hour before it was due to begin.
“Get someone back to the house to get my s***,” McGregor was heard uttering. “Gear bag too. Gear bag too. My gear bag should be ready, yeah? But then, the jock strap. I don’t know where that jockstrap is.”
As word of McGregor’s error filtered through to Team Mayweather, ‘Money’ sprung into action. The seasoned pro was seemingly expecting some type of gamesmanship from ‘Mystic Mac’ and had a spare protective cup just in case.
“They say McGregor has forgot his cup,” Mayweather was told in his changing room.
“Tell him he ain’t got to worry I’ve got a cup for him,” he said. “I brought an extra ‘cause I knew he was going to say this s***. I brought an extra cup for him.”
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He then marched down the corridor to where McGregor and his team were preparing.
“Here you go,” Mayweather added. “I’ll give him one, he can have this. Here you go. Where is he? Can I go over there and give him one?”
Mayweather was understandably not allowed to go too far into his opponent’s dressing room mere moments before their fight and his cup was ultimately not needed as McGregor’s entourage returned with his gear in good time.
In the ring, the boxing legend was of course many levels above the MMA fighter, who was making his professional boxing debut. McGregor was allowed to tire himself out before Mayweather picked up the pace to earn his 50th win by way of TKO in the tenth round.
McGregor has enjoyed great success outside of fighting since taking on Mayweather in 2017.
The 33-year-old has built an empire on the back of the money he picked up for that fight and in 2021 he topped Forbes’ annual list of richest athletes.
In the UFC, he’s struggled for form and has won one of his last four fights. McGregor is currently working his way back to full fitness after suffering a fractured tibia and fibula at UFC 264 in July 2021.
Mayweather retired from fighting in the aftermath of his win against McGregor but has laced up the gloves on a couple of occasions since then for lucrative exhibition bouts.
Surprisingly this week though, Mayweather came out and stated that he intended to stage a rematch with McGregor in 2023.
For the time being, the Irishman has replied to say he is ‘not interested’, but if he changes his mind it’s a safe bet that he’d be extra sure to remember his kit second time around.