Conor McGregor experimented with to poach one particular of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s trainers right before their crossover boxing match in 2017.
That is according to Nate Jones, who has been functioning with ‘Money’ Mayweather since soon just after his individual retirement in 2002.
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The pair were US Olympic teammates 10 several years right before at Atlanta 96.
Equally guys gained bronze – Mayweather at featherweight and Jones at heavyweight.
Their friendship goes again to their first conference at the United states of america nationwide championships in 1994.
And Jones advised our new boxing podcast, ‘Rocky Road: Rewind’, that he was usually likely to continue to be loyal to his pal – even with $A2.1 million on the desk from the ‘Notorious’.
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Jones claims the Dubliner’s team received in touch with fellow Chicago Montell Griffin and the supply came from there.
He mentioned: “Floyd do not know this but I received a contact from Conor McGregor’s persons to operate his corner for that battle – and I hung up on them. They provided me $1.5 million but I hung up on them.
“I received a contact from Montell Griffin and he mentioned, ‘people want to holler at you Nate, they are McGregor’s people’.
“And they termed and I’m like, ‘what’s up?’ They was like, ‘man, he interested in you being in the corner. We’ll fork out you $1.5m US ($A2.1m)– whichever you want, mention what you want’. And I hung up.”
Requested if he was tempted to choose the revenue at any stage, he laughed: “Montell Griffin termed me again and mentioned, ‘Nate you big dummy, what the f*** is erroneous with you, male?’
“I mentioned, ‘what?’ He mentioned, ‘this is about your daily life, your profession, make a improved transfer for yourself Nate!’
“I mentioned, ‘nah, I’m not disloyal like that. Montell, I do not do items like that, which is my friend’.
“He mentioned, ‘you’ve received to be one particular of the dumbest dudes at any time, man’. And he hung up on me.
“Floyd do not know about it. I did not do it so I never ever brung it up to him. But I will quickly.”
McGREGOR WAS Also Anxious
Mayweather conquer McGregor in the tenth round of their bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Nonetheless being backstage as portion of the team, Jones claims he could see nerves in the MMA superstar.
He extra: “I was the male, when Floyd wrapped his fingers they sent anyone to observe us to make confident he was not doing anything illegal, and vice versa.
“When McGregor wrapped his fingers, we sent a representative which was me. I sat there and watched McGregor get his fingers wrapped.
“And I’ve never ever seen anyone so nervous in my daily life. Which is the portion of the battle that stunned me the most due to the fact likely into the battle, McGregor was conversing a lot of smack.
“In the locker home having all set to battle, he was pretty shook. He went to the washing home six occasions. Six occasions. I was like, ‘what is erroneous with this dude?’
“He was pretty shook for that battle.
“Going into the battle, I was fearful about him not being a boxer, I was fearful about the mysterious.
“And he brung to the desk his dimension. I was fearful about that but we dealt with him perfectly, we chopped him down and stopped him.”
McGregor did not have any additional boxing fights right before turning again to UFC.
He lost to intense rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, right before profitable a comeback scrap from Donald Cerrone.
But just last thirty day period the 31-yr-outdated declared his retirement from the organisation.
This tale initially appeared on The Sun and is reproduced with authorization.