Without a doubt Conor McGregor is a bad man. Inside and outside of the ring, he is a deadly competitor and one not to be fooled with when it comes to his personal space and privacy. Although he's been extremely successful as an athlete those accolades and triumphs come at the expense of years of pain that he hasn't always wanted to share with people outside of his inner circle. But an new interview finds McGregor opening up about his life in new ways.
Many will recall McGregor's legal battle last year when he was accused of smashing a fans phone after a drunken encounter. From CNN;
McGregor, 30, was arrested March 11 and charged with two felonies after allegedly smashing a fan's cell phone outside the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. According to a police report, the fan tried to take a picture of McGregor on a phone while both were leaving the hotel. McGregor then slapped the phone out of the fan's hand and stomped on the phone several times.Police say McGregor picked up the phone and walked away with it. The fan said the phone was valued at $1,000.
According to Madani's memo, the alleged victim lives in England and would no longer participate in the prosecution. The memo states that Santiago Cueto, the attorney for the alleged victim, says his client "has been made whole" by McGregor. Cueto adds that his client no longer believes McGregor "sought to injure or damage him or his property or permanently or temporarily deprive him of his property."
This was only one incident in a long line of incidents involving McGregor's bad temper. Now, he's ready to discuss all that and more in a new interview.
Speaking with ESPN McGregor acknowledged how damaging his drinking has been outside of the ring, claiming that in the time leading up to his next fight he's completely cut off the booze.
I was drinking all bleeding fight week the last time. I was on the Conan O'Brien show ... [motions to his mouth, simulating taking a drink.]
When asked for further details he contnued with;
I just had this venom in me or something. I don't know why. I had people holed up in a hotel, from that part of the world [Russia], and I would ring and arrange a fight. So they come from the hotel down to the gym and have a full-blown fight, no head guard. I'd win. You know, we'd have a war, and I'd win, and I'd knock the guy out. And then I'd go off and celebrate, and then I'd come back in three days.
And as far as his future with boxing McGregor has stated that he's in a great place mentally and physically, and can't wait to continue what he started. Especially if it means a rematch with boxing great Floyd Mayweather
I'd like to rematch Floyd. I think we should rematch Floyd. I mean, he's flirting with it, and they want all this. And he can go and pick someone else. It's not gonna be the same. It's not. I've done phenomenal in that bout. And the only reason I lost that bout was 'cause I prepared for a back-footed, Philly Shell-style of opponent. When the fight was like that, I was picking him apart. Then he came forward and started pressing, and I wasn't sinking into my shots like I am now.
Check out the entire interview with ESPN here