Conor McGregor has shared glasses of his new Proper No. Twelve with a number of celebrities over the last few weeks, but he won’t be offering any to his recent opponents Floyd Mayweather or Khabib Nurmagomedov.
During a recent interview with Entrepreneur.com, the Irish star was asked which of these two former opponents he’d prefer to share a glass of whiskey with, and his answer was a decisive ‘neither.’
“To be honest, neither,” he said. “I drink Proper No. Twelve with those close to me. My friends and family and those I grew up with, that is whom I like to sit and have a glass of Proper whiskey with. I also love to enjoy it with customers and consumers in bars. That has been even more fun than I expected.”
In the same interview, Conor McGregor opened up on why he decided to create his own whiskey in the first place.
“The decision to make my own Irish whiskey was very natural, almost inevitable,” he said. “I’ve always loved Irish whiskey — I’m an Irishman after all. My late grandfather played a huge role in my taste for Irish whiskey. It was under his tutelage I began to study and truly appreciate whiskey.
“Over the years, I’ve been approached by many Irish whiskey brands asking me to endorse their product. I have nothing against endorsement deals; I have several with brands and products I believe in, that is no secret. However, something about simply endorsing an Irish whiskey didn’t feel right to me — I wanted to create my own, I wanted to do it my way and I wanted to do it right — from start to finish. I love Ireland, its land and its people. I was born here, will raise my children here, and I will die here. I wanted to make an Irish whiskey emblematic of our culture as a whole — something that would make my people proud.”
Do you think we’ll ever see Conor McGregor sharing a glass of whiskey with any of his previous opponents?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/14/2018.