I don’t care if you’re a rock star, the President, or you work in a pet store. Everybody has parts of their job that they hate.
I’ve got the best job in the world; and there are still parts of it, I don’t like. Things I have to do every day. Same with Conor McGregor: he has parts of his job he doesn’t like. But unlike the rest of us, he’s saying screw it: not only do I not like those things, but they’re not a part of my job, so I don’t know why I have to do them.
In a long Facebook post this morning, Conor used over 600 words to say one message: I’ve done enough promoting. I don’t want to do that bleep anymore.
He says “I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote.”
Actually, you’re paid to do both. And for a guy who hates doing them, he does a damn good job.
And one of the reasons he has this unbelievable following, and persona, is because of those interviews. His rap has made him a ton of dough, and gotten him huge run. Literally, every time he opens his mouth, he gets bigger, badder and richer. Conor’s fighting alone is not nearly enough reason for him to be the draw that he is, drive the cars that he does, wear the suits that he does. People pay to see him fight, because he promotes like a mother.
Nate Diaz is ready to promote this fight. Every other fighter on the card is ready. The biggest fighter in the biggest event of the year can’t just say – I’m not doing that crap because it distracts me from my training.
Without promotion and press conferences… He’s not The Notorious. He’s just Conor McGregor – featherweight fighter.
Look I bet getting on a 20 hour flight from Iceland would be a huge pain. I bet it does get really annoying to do interview after interview with people you don’t know, who don’t matter, and are just trying to bait you into saying something bombastic. Or as Conor puts it – “Sitting in a car on the way to some dump in Connecticut or somewhere, to speak to Tim and Suzie on the nobody gives a fuck morning show did not get me this life.”
In a way, it did. No matter how big you get, you have to do the grunt work.
You think Ben Affleck wanted to sit around and answer nerdy superhero questions to promote his last movie? Hell no. But then the movie opens up to 166 mill.
You think Taylor Swift wants to call into FM morning shows to promote her tour and get grilled about who she’s dating? Hell no. But then the entire tour sells out in two minutes.
If Conor thinks that his fights get so many pay per views just because he’s that great of a fighter- he’s fooling himself.
In part, sure, but it’s because he’s that great of a SHOW. The best interview and best promoter in all of sports. It’s because the fight is just the finale in the 3 month press tour he’s done to promote it. Everybody has things about their job they hate, but they do because the job demands it.
In Conor’s fake retirement – he said thanks for the cheese. What he doesn’t get is that doing press is the reason he got it in the first place.