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WATCH: Chris Eubank Spoke Gushingly Of Irish People When Asked To Predict McGregor V Mayweather

By James Fenton

July 31, 2017 at 12:15pm

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If anyone knows about the fighting prowess of Irish people, it's Chris Eubank. The former WBO middleweight champion twice came up against The Celtic Warrior Steve Collins in 1995 and lost on both occasions before announcing his retirement in October of that year.

While Collins of one of the faces of Irish combat sports in the 90s, it's fair to say that this decade, Katie Taylor aside, no one has commanded more attention or column inches than MMA star Conor McGregor. 

The world and its mother seem to be talking about The Notorious' upcoming bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26 and it seems Eubank is no different. While most people are predicting Mayweather to silence the acid tongue of McGregor, Eubank has got a different opinion. Why? Because Conor McGregor is Irish.

In a Youtube clip posted by Sports Worldwide, the 50-year-old gushes over the fighting spirit of the people of our nation and he feels that that alone will be enough to get McGregor over the line. 

"The thing that people are forgetting is that McGregor is an Irishman. And an Irishman has a spirit that cannot be beaten. They are a special people.

"It is enough. How do I know? I lived this. 

"This fight is a very interesting fight. Not because of ability. But because of spirit."

While there's never really been any particular affinity from the Emerald Isle towards Eubank, listening to him bigging us up like this will only serve to ensure he gets a warm welcome on these shores the next time he's in town. 

What do you reckon? Will McGregor's 'Fighting Irish' spirit be enough for him to take down Mayweather? Let us know in the comments.

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