"I either win, or I learn", has long been a quote of UFC fighter Conor McGregor, and although he didn't win his boxing debut in the early hours of this morning against Floyd Mayweather, he has learned a lot.
McGregor has learned that his Irish fans will go to any length to support him, he has learned that he has the stamina and willpower to last 10 rounds against an undefeated boxer, and he has learned that there will always be a next fight.
In his post-fight interview McGregor looks upbeat, proud of his achievements and - a key reason why his fans will always love him - appreciative of the opportunity.
“I’m brand new, I’m clear-spoken, there’s not a bother on me so I don’t know what way to feel to be honest. I’m just happy, I’m draped in the flag, happy I was able to bring my team along, the country with me and just getting to perform for a different crowd.
“No one’s taking these type of risks, so fuck it, lay into me all yiz want, I’ll take it on the chin, I’ll take it wrapped around the neck on live TV, I took them both so it’s another day for me.”
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— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) August 27, 2017
For all his pre-fight bravado and press tour cockiness, McGregor is a hardworking, humble Irishman at heart, and last night's interview proved that to the world.