MICHAEL CONLAN has revealed he has been snubbed by Conor McGregor ever since he tipped Floyd Mayweather to beat the UFC superstar in their boxing match.
The unbeaten Belfast boxer is back on BoxNation this Sunday when he faces Mexican Ruben Garcia in a ten round non-title featherweight fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
On his debut against Tim Ibarra there, McGregor even led the ring walk although their friendship appears to have taken a turn for the worse.
“We don’t keep in touch much,” Conlan told Oisin McQueirns of Pundit Arena.
“We were talking for a while but when the McGregor vs Mayweather fight was happening, I said Floyd would win.
“I haven’t heard much from him since. I don’t know if that kinda annoyed him or anything but I was just being honest.”
It is the third successive St Patrick’s Day when he will star at the Mecca of Boxing, and his fifth professional appearance at The Garden.
He added: “It is like home from home. It’s a fantastic place to fight, and I’m very very lucky; I’m blessed to fight there every time. So I’m very grateful.”
One of his closest friends in boxing is Carl Frampton and last year went the pair ruled out any chance of them ever fighting each other whatever offers are made.
Frampton added: “Mick is a quality fighter — very, very skilful and the most skilful Irish boxers of recent years, including myself.
“He is in the early stages, but potentially can be a superstar. He isn’t going to get to Conor McGregor level, but he has the potential to be a superstar.
“He is an Irish kid with Top Rank. They are promoting him well and he is a quality, quality fighter.”