Barry McGuigan

(Finbar Patrick 'Barry' McGuigan)

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  • Born: February 28, 1961
  • Nationality: Irish, British
  • Profession: Athlete

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Finbar Patrick 'Barry' McGuigan MBE is an Irish retired professional boxer and current boxing promoter. Born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, McGuigan was nicknamed The Clones Cyclone and became the WBA and lineal featherweight world champion. He was very popular with Irish and British audiences, representing neutrality and peace in a time when Ireland, where he lived, was affected by The Troubles. In 2005 he was inducted into the international boxing hall of fame.

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250,000 people turned up in Dublin to cheer me on an open-topped bus along O'Connell St after my world title winning fight in 1985. I'll never forget the sea of smiling faces that greeted me that day.
A pit bull is like a fighter. Every so often it needs to taste blood.
Barney was interested in bringing professional boxing back to Northern Ireland in a big way.
Boxing is changing and training methods are slowly being dragged into the 21st century.
Boxing traditionally was received very well and accepted on both sides.
Every fighter has a story that could break your heart. We lose, we get hurt and everything comes apart. That's when it's so difficult to stay on the straight and narrow.
I don't want to sound obnoxious, but I like to think I brought it another step. I was able to bring people who were casually interested in boxing together.
I get people to this day - I won my title 25 years ago - saying how wonderful a time they had during that dark period in our history when they came to watch me fight. Time ;History
I train very hard, either rowing on the cross trainer or running. Not only do you feel tired afterwards but it relaxes you, it completely clears the head. But to sort things out I also like to walk.
I wanted to bring people together, and most importantly not feel threatened when they came to watch me box.
I'd had 35 professional fights and mentally I was tired of it. I'd sort ot fallen out of love with the sport. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Sports & Athletics
If somebody had told me in the 1980s that Gerry Adams would shake hands with Ian Paisley or Peter Robinson I would have said put that man in a white suit and lock him up in a padded cell.
It is not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the dog.
I've spent my life navigating through sensitive issues. Not wanting to upset people. Life
The trouble with boxing is that too often it ends in sadness.
What do you want me to do, rob a bank?
What I would say about Barney Eastwood is that when our relationship worked, it worked extremely well. He had a lot of strengths as a promoter and a manager.
While my father sang, Pedroza stared at me. By that time my eye pupils were staring at him, too, like a terrier that's got hold of a fox. Time

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