Conor McGregor quotes Rocky villain Ivan Drago in latest Floyd Mayweather training camp video

McGregor tweeted a video with the caption 'If he dies, he dies'

Sunday 09 July 2017 11:17

Conor McGregor appears to be taking inspiration from the Rocky movies ahead of his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather – and has been quoting series villain Ivan Drago in an attempt to intimidate his opponent.

The trash talk between the two men is beginning to heat up, with the super-fight less than two months away.

But McGregor has taken things up a notch or two, by channelling the cold-hearted Russian villain of Rocky IV.

The Irish UFC superstar this weekend shared another video from inside his training camp, along with the caption: “If he dies. He dies.”

That’s just what Drago says at the beginning of the fourth Rocky film, while beating Carl Weathers’ character Apollo Creed to a pulp.

Mayweather and McGregor meet on 26 August in Las Vegas

Despite McGregor’s apparent affection for Drago, the real-life Rocky has come out in support of the two-weight UFC world champion.

Sylvester Stallone has tipped McGregor to win the Las Vegas showdown, and claimed that the much-criticised fight is in fact good for the sport of boxing.

Mayweather v McGregor: Tale of the tape

“You know who's gonna win. You know who's gonna win!” he told TMZ Sports this week.

“I only got the underdog. It's great for boxing. [McGregor]'s a real life Rocky. But then again ... I live in fantasy.

“[Mayweather]'s gonna get hurt,” he added. “Nah, I'm only kidding. Let's put it this way guys, it's never been done before. Never been done before! So you never know.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in