Conor McGregor’s recent maskless trip to a Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland liquor store has at least one shop owner fired up and talking a big game about how he’d cut off The Notorious if he tried to walk in maskless and buy a bottle of Proper Twelve, McGregor’s Irish Whiskey. Speaking on the Clair Byrne Live show in Ireland, liquor store owner Joe Mannion had fighting words for the former UFC champion.
“I think those people that aren’t wearing a mask at this stage aren’t going to wear the mask,” Mannion told Clair Byrne. “For us, you’re not coming in and that includes Conor McGregor and anybody else that thinks they’re not going to wear a mask.”
Mannion wasn’t done with the fighting words clearly aimed at McGregor.
“The only people we don’t have any problem with are people who can’t wear a mask for medical reasons.
"For us it's – you are not coming in and that includes Conor McGregor" Joe Mannion, shop owner
Last week Conor McGregor uploaded a video of himself in a shop without a mask on, shop owner Joe Mannion spoke to #CBLive about how he deals with customers who don’t wear masks. pic.twitter.com/2dCotWHEod
— Claire Byrne Live (@ClaireByrneLive) March 8, 2021
“I’m in business here for 35 years and I’ve come up with a lot rougher people than Conor McGregor, but I can tell you if you don’t stand your ground, you wouldn’t have a shop. And people would walk all over you.
“My concern is with my staff as well. We made this decision eight months ago that we have a responsibility to the staff as well as the customers and we cannot afford to let them be at risk.”
If Dana White’s looking for an opponent to throw in there against McGregor before he’ll allow the Dustin Poirier trilogy to go forward, he might want to look at Mannion. The guy is a walking UFC promo waiting to happen. He just said there are tougher people out there than McGregor that he’s taken down over his liquor store career.
At the very least, we should be getting a Joe Mannion vs. McGregor Mask-off Debate on Instagram Live. Let these two drop fook-bombs on each other for 15 minutes and cut the feed. I’d watch.