Everybody seems to have an opinion on what went down after Conor McGregor was seen punching a much older man inside an Irish pub for reasons yet unknown.
Thankfully, video of the situation was available.
But not everyone believes Conor should be held completely at fault. According to former UFC Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, no one but Conor and the man knows what exactly went down.
To hear “Showtime” tell it, for all we know the older gentleman could have said or done something to provoke Conor, leading to the punch.
“It was crazy, but who knows what that dude said?” Pettis told MMA Junkie during UFC 241’s media day. “I’m sure something was said for him to do that. He’s not going to punch somebody in the face for no reason.”
Indeed, it’s not like Conor is just going around punching random men in the face for fun.
Take for instance his previous incident that saw him snatch a phone away from a man trying to take his picture. While we understand Conor is a huge star, perhaps he didn’t want his photo taken at that moment.
While McGregor knows being in the public eye means everyone wants a piece of you, the public needs to also understand boundaries at some point.
As far as Pettis is concerned, he was linked to a fight against McGregor at UFC 244 on Nov. 2, 2019 in New York. That fight ultimately didn’t pan out, but Pettis still wants it to happen.
“That’s another fan favorite fight,” Pettis said. “I’m not going to sit here and wait for Conor McGregor and call him out or anything. If he wants to fight and he wants to fight me, send the contract and I’ll be there.”
Anthony will fight one of Conors’ biggest rival, Nate Diaz, this Saturday night at UFC 241 in Anaheim, California. If he wins, perhaps a fight against Conor is next.