“You brush it off and you come back. Defeat is the secret ingredient to success.”

I love this. It’s pretty gory but very inspiring. I’ve never been a huge Conor McGregor fan because all the hype and bluster just felt a bit…manufactured. For example, I always thought he comparisons to Muhammad Ali were ridiculous. But his reaction to the defeat against Diaz has exhibited a class that I’d not noticed before. It reminded me of the infamous story of Floyd Patterson getting knocked out in the first round against Sonny Liston in their first fight, in 1962. He was so embarrassed about it that he slipped out of the venue through a back door wearing dark glasses and a fake beard. Asked about this later, he said, “It’s easy to do anything in victory. It’s in defeat that a man reveals himself.” In this case, Conor McGregor has taken it on the chin and vowed to come back stronger. And ironically, I now get why some people see him in the same light as Ali.

About antmelder
Executive Creative Director at Host/Havas Sydney; passionate vegetarian; lover of books, boxing and Bruce Springsteen.

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