Only A Game? - Irish Muhammad Ali? Do me a favour...

Conor McGregor lands a left to the head of Diego Brandao in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The O2 Dublin on July 19, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Conor McGregor lands a left to the head of Diego Brandao in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The O2 Dublin on July 19, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Comparing Conor McGregor to Muhammad Ali should be made illegal.

Yes. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but seriously. Conor McGregor the Irish Muhammad Ali? Do me a favour...

There’s no doubting McGregor is a fight promoter’s dream come true but I don’t believe you can compare boxing with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

When it’s played out at its purest, boxing is much more graceful than UFC but that’s not to say UFC is not a sport and personally, I find it much more entertaining.

The differences between the two sports aside, comparing McGregor with Ali is a bit like comparing Lisfannon beach on a sunny day to the South of Spain. It’s an utterly ridiculous comparison.

McGregor abounds in confidence, hubris even, some might say.

Love him or loathe him, the 26 year-old Dublin born fighter brings out emotions in everyone and to be honest, sport, not just UFC, could be doing with many more like him.

Be that as it may, the Muhammad Ali comparison is a bit much don’t you think?

The only reason I can arrive at as to why people are labelling McGregor the Irish Muhammad Ali is because of what he says and the way he says it. That’s where it starts and ends.

Ali was much more than just a boxer. Ali was an icon, a man decades ahead of his time. Ali influenced political debate, was a conscientious objector and was involved in the American civil rights campaign.

Remarkably, despite the fact Parkinson’s Disease has robbed Ali of his ability to communicate with his fans he is still as inspirational today as he was back in the 1960s/70s.

Muhammad Ali the man represented so much more to people. Whilst there are similarities between the way both Ali and McGregor speak about their opponents and their fights, there can be no contest.

Conor McGregor might be a talented UFC fighter and he might be entertaining but to refer to him as the Irish Muhammad Ali is utterly ridiculous.

Ali was a three time champion of the world, McGregor hasn’t even fought for a world title yet.

Like Ali, McGregor does polarise opinion and his decision not to attend a RTE hosted sports function recently was heavily criticised.

I always admire honesty but when McGregor said he didn’t turn up to the event because RTE wouldn’t pay him cash then I couldn’t help but feel frustrated.

I know fans will be quick to point out that McGregor has made no secret of his reasons for entering into UFC. He wants to make as much money as he can but there’s honesty and then there’s being a complete buck-eejit.

I know of a few fans who forked out hundreds of dollars to see McGregor fight recently so for them to hear that he doesn’t really give a toss about anything else but money is quite an ugly attitude to be confronted with.

After his most recent victory, McGregor looks set for a world title shot against Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo.

Aldo is regarded by many as the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC at the minute but even if McGregor beats him and goes on to be the best UFC fighter of all time he will never surpass nor indeed equal the greatest of them all, Muhammad Ali.