Barry McGuigan thinks it’s Carl Frampton, ‘The Jackal’ argues it’s Jimmy Mclarnin, but according to Steve Collins Conor McGregor is the greatest fighter Ireland has ever produced.
The Celtic Warrior, who would be some people’s favourite for the honour, has been impressed with the UFC featherweight’s champion career to date. Similarities have been made between the pairs confident mindset, but their styles and even codes are anything but.
The former super middleweight World champion and WBO title holder, who beat Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank in a glittering career, hasn’t had many dealings with the former Crumlin amateur despite the fact the Dubliner has done some work in the Celtic Warrior Gym, but has been admiring McGregor from a far.
Indeed so much admiration has Collins for his fellow Dub, who fights Nate Diaz on Saturday night, that when speaking to Fightland he labeled McGregor Ireland’s greatest.
“He’ll definitely be remembered as one of the greatest fighters this country has produced, in fact, I already think he’s the greatest fighter Ireland has produced.
“He’s a savage once he steps in to fight, but he’s a complete gentleman outside of the ring. That’s it. He’s going to be a double weight world champion, without a doubt.”