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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'He paid our mortgage and bought us all BMWs' - Tony McGregor tells of champion son's generosity

Conor McGregor likes his money
Conor McGregor likes his money

Recently Tony McGregor couldn't afford to keep his taxi on the road - now he drives a "brand spanking new" BMW and is mortgage free thanks to his son Conor.

It's well known that Conor McGregor's bank balance is as big as his self-confidence but the multi-millionaire UFC champion is as generous as he is talented, his dad has revealed.

McGregor has come a long way since he was a child growing up in Crumlin. He now enjoys a celebrity lifestyle and it seems he wants his family to follow suit.

Speaking on the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE Radio this morning, Tony McGregor emphasised the extent of Conor's generosity and how he has changed their lives forever.

He told listeners that after his fight in Vegas, McGregor sat his family down and told them he was going to look after them.

Family of Conor McGregor, from left, niece Taylor, girlfriend Dee Devlin, and parents Margaret and Tony at UFC Fight Night featuring Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver at the TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Family of Conor McGregor, from left, niece Taylor, girlfriend Dee Devlin, and parents Margaret and Tony at UFC Fight Night featuring Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver at the TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

He told his parents that he was going to buy their house - meaning they are now mortgage free while retaining in interest in the house.

"I drove a taxi around Dublin for 25 years and it was one of the best things I ever done but there was a time when I couldn't afford to run the car," said Tony.

Tony added that himself and the rest of the family, along with Conor's long-time girlfriend Dee Devlin, were summoned to a meeting with Conor and his accountant when The Notorious presented them all with a generous surprise.

“He spelled it out exactly what he was going to do for us. We walked out of there and we all had BMWs. I am driving a 5 series BMW now at the moment, brand spanking new. His mother is also driving one and his sister is driving one."

Conor signed with the UFC in 2013 and his rise has been so meteoric that the Dubliner is now on the cusp of signing the most lucrative deal in the history of the sport. McGregor himself admitted that the figure will be north of $100million which will make him one of Ireland's richest sports stars.

“We travel all the time and we go to some really salubrious locations like Vegas, Sweden and Boston but we have also been in the less salubrious locations prior to Conor being in the UFC," added Tony.

“We have been to GAA halls, we did the small venues around town before he was signed so we have been there from the start."

At that stage, Conor still lived with his parents at their home in Lucan.

"It suited him at the time (to live in his parents’ house). He has an A-list lifestyle now, he is more used to the Jacuzzis and swimming pools and we don’t have that."

With McGregor's lavish lifestyle comes the brash, superstar attitude but Tony admits he wasn't always as flamboyant and self-confident.

"This is the thing that mystifies me because we didn’t see that, we didn’t see that persona. The only indication we had of that persona is when he won his first UFC fight in Sweden," said Tony.

“That’s when his showbiz personality was born and I think he saw that and just built on it. Between the Sweden post-fight show and your show (Late Late Show) I think those two incidents were the marked period in his showbiz personality.

“He is a multi-millionaire now and also he is on the cusp of signing a major deal with the UFC, the biggest deal in the UFC history so he knows exactly where he is going in the business stakes as well."

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