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28-Aug-2017 18:16

Mc Gregor makes a strange bedfellow for those who appear alongside him in the sports pages.

Look at Aidan O'Shea, that most unfairly criticised of Gaelic footballers, who during the week decided to answer the criticism levelled at him by Bernard Flynn.

Mc Gregor, on the other hand, wears a suit with 'f*'*k you' written on it multiple times and nobody seems to pass any heed.

It's reported deadpan as though this is the kind of thing any athlete might do before a big game.

Most people would have wondered if he was right in the head.

Jim Gavin's brief temper tantrum with the media, Clare's purloining of sliotars from behind the goals and Brian Cody's charge down the line at an official were all regarded as bad form, yet all pale into insignificance when set against the way that Mc Gregor routinely behaves.

It is entirely misunderstands the nature of the game.

The build-up matters just as much to Mc Gregor as the fight.

That's because in our heart of hearts most of us recognise that he belongs to the world of low-rent entertainment as much as that of sport.

Frazier had his left hook, Ali had his shuffle and Mc Gregor has his press conference.

The volley of invective in front of the cameras and the mikes is his signature move.

Athletic talent is not always the most important thing in the modern sporting world.

Mc Gregor's appeal has as much to do with showbiz as sport.

That's because in our heart of hearts most of us recognise that he belongs to the world of low-rent entertainment as much as that of sport.Frazier had his left hook, Ali had his shuffle and Mc Gregor has his press conference.The volley of invective in front of the cameras and the mikes is his signature move.Athletic talent is not always the most important thing in the modern sporting world.Mc Gregor's appeal has as much to do with showbiz as sport.But, as the old proverb goes: Cuir síoda ar ghabhar agus is gabhar i gcónaí é. The redoubtable American sports website Deadspin got it right when describing the proceedings as "the dumbest possible roadshow".