Decorated Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps Jokingly Challenges Conor McGregor

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 29, 2017

Conor McGregor is a bigger star than ever following his boxing foray against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, and he has the celebrity following to prove it.

“The Notorious” one impressed many observers in his first professional boxing match by making it to the 10th frame — and winning some rounds along the way — against one the sport’s pound-for-pound greats. That effort drew praise and attention from many prominent figures, and his willingness to venture outside his craft has prompted a playful callout from decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

“All of this talk….should we race as well??” Phelps wrote on Twitter while posting a photo of he and McGregor facing off in swimming caps and goggles.

Phelps, who has 28 Olympic medals to his credit, recently had a simulated race against a great white shark, so he isn’t completely unfamiliar to unusual challenges. On Saturday, when Mayweather stopped McGregor via TKO in the 10th round of their 154-pound bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Phelps offered praise for both men.


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