It looks like Conor McGregor has finally moved on from fighting Floyd Mayweather.
In a promotional video for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational later this month – known as the world’s “richest thoroughbred horse race” with a $12 million purse – McGregor announced that there’s been a change of plans and he’s decided to move on from mixed martial arts to take up jockeying. And to help him become the “pound-for-pound number one jockey on the planet,” he’s turned to comedian Jon Lovitz for some help.
“Alexander wept when he had no world left to conquer,” McGregor announces in the video. “That’s exactly how I feel. Today, I would like to announce to the world that I’ll become the pound-for-pound No. 1 jockey on the planet with the help of my new trainer. I’ll be competing in and winning the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. That’s right. I’m going to be first.”
McGregor had a little more to say about his new gig in a separate Q&A.
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The video is a teaser for four comedic short films that will be released on the Pegasus World Cup Invitational social media channels in the lead-up to the competition, with the final episode airing on the NBC race day broadcast on January 28th. According to the press release, they will show McGregor getting to know his way around the stables, training like a jockey, bonding with his horse and learning how to ride.
Unfortunately, however, unless McGregor adjusts exceptionally well to the life of a jockey, it’s probably safe to assume we won’t see him anywhere near a horse on the actual day.