Conor McGregor believes “smooth like butter” Declan Geraghty has “too much” for Jono Carroll.
The MMA superstar sent his fellow former Crumlin amateur a message of support ahead of his eagerly anticipated rematch with ‘King Kong’.
Geraghty was disqualified in the fourth and final round of his clash with Carroll [15(2)-0] back in 2014 and now has his chance for revenge against a fighter who has gone on to win the IBF Inter-Continental title and is now ranked eighth in the world with the organisation.
McGregor [0-1(1)] has always been a supporter of the Dublin southpaw and was in touch directly after ‘Pretty Boy’s’ stoppage loss to now European champion James Tennyson last year, with the pair meeting up that night.
Now, ahead of the BT Sport-broadcast rematch with Carroll on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s homecoming, the two-weight UFC champ sent support and advice the way of Geraghty.
McGregor urged the EU silver medalist, whom he regularly spars, to ignore emotions ahead of the grudge match, remain confident, and to be smooth.
Speaking after another heated verbal sparring session and a tense head-to-head Geraghty read out the message on IFL TV.
“Do your thing brother, do it emotionless, do it smooth like butter,”
“you got the butter smooth work in you and you can bang in there when needed. Bang when it presents itself,”
“Stay tight in defence wait for these moments and then just yourself ,everything else will come embrace it and just behave, be snappy and full of confidence,”
“You’ve too much for him.”
Listen to Conor McGregor’s poem below (skip to 4:30):
McGregor, of course, is close to headliner Conlan having walked the Belfast featherweight to the ring for his professional debut at The Theater at Madison Square Garden last year.
Indeed, it would not be surprising to see the mixed martial artist at the Odyssey tomorrow night. Previously McGregor attended the ‘Second Coming’ show at the National Stadium in November 2015 to cheer on Dean Byrne against Peter McDonagh for the Irish welterweight title, a show which featured Geraghty on the undercard.