07 January, 2017
Eyeing a new challenge after dominating the UFC octagon, the outspoken Irish fighter has taken his skills to the racecourse - albeit in a promotional role for the US$12m Pegasus World Cup Invitational to be held in Florida this month.
The race is known as the richest horse race in the world with the victor receiving a huge $12million. You can check out the first short, directed by Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) below.
The UFC mega-star has an interesting trainer, too, actor, Jon Lovitz, who weighs in with some comments. Now he's filmed another ad - for the Pegasus Cup.
The story follows McGregor and Lovitz as they take on the horse racing world and undertake one pretty freaky training technique.
With other big players in the world of racing surely being likely to be inspired by this wonderful concept to create buy-in races in their own jurisdictions, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational could be an even bigger game changer than even the Stronachs imagined.
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"The Stronach Group is thrilled to be working with Conor McGregor to introduce The Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Sport of Kings to a new generation of fans", said Belinda Stronach, chairman & president, "Conor is a natural athlete, showman and now, a jockey!"
McGregor: Because it is the most prestigious event there is, with the most money on the line.
Question: What is it about the sport of horse racing that you like?
The second movie, released January 11, is called "Training Day" and shows Lovitz pushing McGregor to adopt what producers described as a "a new and unusual training regimen". It has a nice ring to it.
With a fight against Mayweather highly unlikely and if McGregor is serious about trying his hand at boxing, he has an opponent ready. "I love Pegasus but I'm keeping that one secret for now".