Conor McGregor

McGregor: 'Come and get me'

Members of Ireland's Kinahan cartel were said to be seeking retribution from the Irish UFC star after he reportedly came to blows with men tied to the infamous criminal organisation, with one reporter suggesting McGregor's safety was in serious danger.

There was speculation that the 29-year-old had fled to the Spanish island of Lanzarote. But McGregor was his usual, cocky self as he appeared at a Dublin court over a speeding charge on Thursday.

"It's all bollocks," McGregor said. "I thought I was in bleedin' Lanzarote?"​

McGregor not in danger - father

Tony McGregor said his family had "nothing to fear" amid rumours the UFC legend punched a man with links to a notorious Dublin crime figure.

"It's an absolute nonsense story. It's grown legs and it's getting that ridiculous – it's become funny," he told the Irish Mirror.

"We have nothing to fear here whatsoever. There's no one after us for anything."

Christy Kinahan, the notorious Irish crime figure who Conor McGregor reportedly angered after a fight with an associate.

McGregor's life 'in danger'

McGregor, who hails from Dublin, is alleged to have "inadvertently locked horns with members of the Kinahan cartel, which includes people who are well accustomed to killing," according to respected crime reporter Paul Williams of the Irish Independent.

Williams said nobody should underestimate or play down the serious and perilous situation that McGregor is in after reports the infamous Kinahan crime cartel want to seek retribution against the UFC lightweight champion over an assault in an Irish bar. 

Man fakes his way to ringside

Ringside tickets to the Mayweather v McGregor fight went for up to $138,000, but a British bartender managed to upgrade his seat for free.

Oliver Regis bought a ticket to the weekend's super fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. 

But when he got there, he wasn't happy with his seat and decided to take matters into his own hands.

McGregor's $138k bar tab

UFC superstar Conor McGregor racked up a bar tab of NZ$138,000 as he celebrated his boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor suffered a 10th round TKO in an absorbing battle with Mayweather in Las Vegas on Sunday.

But he might have had a bigger headache from the action after the bout.

He turned up to the official press conference with a bottle of Irish whiskey, and that was just the start of a long night.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Conor McGregor by TKO

McGregor, though, surprised many by going toe to toe with Mayweather until the 10th round.

"He's a lot better than I thought he was," Mayweather said after the bout.

Mayweather is the first boxer to reach 50 fights undefeated. After today’s win, he said this was the final fight of his career.

The only certainty of this fight was that it would be a spectacle not seen before.

White: McGregor will become the biggest star on earth

UFC superstar McGregor will make his boxing debut in Las Vegas after luring Mayweather out of retirement for the blockbuster event.

Given Mayweather's 49-0 record the American has been installed as strong favourite for the fight, but McGregor's odds have continued to come in as the bout draws closer.

And UFC boss White believes McGregor is going to shock the world by knocking out his illustrious opponent, and in turn make him the "greatest combat sports star ever".

"To think Conor can't beat Floyd Mayweather is quite something," White told BBC Sport.

$1.2m bet on Mayweather

That's the tale of the gambling market in the leadup to Sunday's super fight between UFC star McGregor and unbeaten boxer Mayweather in Las Vegas.

The two go at each other in a boxing contest, taking cocky Irishman McGregor out of his comfort zone.

ESPN Boxing has done the rounds of the Vegas sports betting agencies and come up with some interesting figures for what the punters think will unfold in a fight of such intrigue.

Smaller gloves approved

Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves for fights at 154 pounds (69.8kg), approving eight-ounce gloves for the August 26 bout. Representatives of both fighters appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to request the waiver.

Commissioners also approved veteran referee Robert Byrd as the third man in the ring for the fight.

McGregor can win, says Holmes

UFC fighter McGregor enters a boxing ring for the first time to take on the unbeaten Mayweather on August 26.

Few in boxing circles are giving the rugged Irishman much hope.

But Holmes, a former world heavyweight champion who keeps a keen eye on the game, feels McGregor has a real chance if he can fight intelligently.

"Don't sell McGregor short, he doesn't have to do too much to win," Holmes told the Bald Faced Truth radio show in the United States.