by Jan Skoyles, GoldCore:
– Conor McGregor, MMA champion has gold statue made of him
– If McGregor was cast in investment grade gold bullion he would be worth …
– If Mayweather were cast in gold he would be worth $2.7m
– Ali once fought equivalent of MMA fighter and nearly lost use of his legs
– Gold continues to be seen as the ultimate prize in sport
– Gold a great prize but true value is as a safe haven
At the moment there are some heated debates going on about statues that some believe should no longer stand.
Many of the figures previously cast in bronze, gold or stone are no longer seen as heroes. Time has changed some people’s perspective on what were once seen as heroic endeavours and achievements.
Today we have different measures of success and while statues of now divisive historical figures are being pulled down, statues of modern millennial heroes are being raised. Last week a statue was created of the ‘Notorious’, world champion Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Dublin-born Conor McGregor.
In one of the most hyped fights of all time last week, McGregor was defeated by the 50-times unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
McGregor’s achievement of stepping out of his comfort zone and his actual sport and taking on the legend that is Floyd Mayweather was applauded by most and it is something that has not gone unnoticed by Irishman Eamon Heneghan.
Last week Heneghan unveiled a life-size gold statue of Conor McGregor, ‘I’m such a big fan and find him so inspirational.’ the amateur sculptor told the Irish Independent.
Heneghan is currently out of work. He saw that McGregor has a keen interest and penchant for gold and gold statues and decided that he would make one for him.
His hopes are that the MMA champion will notice it. We hope he does as statues are getting bad rep at the moment and this one was only made out of admiration for someone who has made history.