Conor McGregor isn't the only Irish fighter making waves. Olympic bronze medalist Michael Conlan will make his pro boxing debut at Madison Square Garden on March 17th.
Conlan's career will undoubtedly be compared to UFC champion 'The Notorious' Conor McGregor, but he's doing a great job of not shying away from the pressure. In fact, he's developed a friendship with McGregor and will have the UFC star walk him to the ring for his debut.
Conlan explains that the friendship with McGregor really grew during McGregor's UFC 202 training camp.
"I've known Conor quite a while. I got him the sparring partners he needed for the Nate Diaz rematch and then our friendship has kind of grown since then," said Conlan.
Given McGregor's resources, it wouldn't be shocking to see Conlan brought in as a sparring partner after he's done with his professional debut.
According to TMZ, the two have been seen training at an Los Angeles boxing gym.
At his core, Mayweather is still an Olympic boxer and he's transitioned those skills into a career of out-pointing his opponents. Conor having an Olympic medalist in his camp can only help strengthen his understanding of point boxing and prepare him for some of the technical challenges Mayweather brings to a fight.