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Conlan set to assist McGregor with preparations for Mayweather

McGregor was with Conlan’s when the Olympic medallist made his professional debut at Madison Square Garden.

Michael Conlan celebrates with Matthew Macklin, Manny Robles and Conor McGregor after winning his professional debut on St Patrick's Day.
Michael Conlan celebrates with Matthew Macklin, Manny Robles and Conor McGregor after winning his professional debut on St Patrick's Day.
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CONOR McGREGOR HAS asked Olympic bronze medallist and former amateur world boxing champion Michael Conlan to be part of his camp for his seemingly impending bout against Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor, the UFC’s lightweight champion, has signed a deal with the mixed martial arts organisation to face Mayweather in a boxing match, although an agreement has yet to be reached with the undefeated 40-year-old for a fight which has been tentatively targeted for Las Vegas in September.

Conlan had McGregor at ringside when he made his professional debut at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day by defeating Tim Ibarra. The Belfast native picked up his second win in the paid ranks last week at the expense of Alfredo Chanez.

“He [McGregor] asked me would I come down and be a part of his camp,” Conlan said in an exclusive interview with John Dennen of Boxing News Online. “He would like me to be part of his camp for the fight if it happens. He didn’t even say if it happens, he said he would like me to be a part of the camp for the fight.

“I’m not saying I’m going to spar him or nothing. He wants me to come down and be part of it and experience it all with me. I think it’ll be a fantastic opportunity to go down and do that.

“I definitely bring something to the table. I’d definitely be able to spot things, if things are wrong, if he’s throwing punches wrong, little things people who aren’t in boxing do naturally. There’s a lot of things I’d be able to give him pointers on, or tips on.”

Conlan, who’s set to fight on the undercard of Manny Pacquaio’s clash with Jeff Horn in Brisbane on 2 July, added: “I’m not going to say I’m going to teach him how to beat Floyd Mayweather!”

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