Mayweather - McGregor: Sporting Crossover Stars

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Thanks for reading, until next time, from me Alistair Sargent, catch ye!

Graham Terris

Great article. Also Fred Perry, world champ/#1 at tennis & table tennis and Rebecca Romero, world champ & Olympic medalist at rowing & cycling. Victoria Pendleton & Chris Hoy might deserve a mention too.

Thomas Frost

Great read. Michael Jordan played baseball for a short time but wasn't that successful. Denis Compton played for Arsenal and cricket for England! Babe Ruth expressed an interest in taking up cricket but opted against doing it after learning how little the average cricketer was paid in comparison to what he was used to!

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So, come Saturday night in Las Vegas, will Conor McGregor be a Gene Conley or a Dwain Chambers? Can he do the unthinkable and topple Floyd Mayweather? You can find out right here on ByTheMinute where we will be bringing you the fastest, most informative updates on the planet. And stay tuned for more great content in the build-up to this mega fight throughout the week.

The lifetime Olympic ban was overturned by CAS allowing Chambers to compete at London 2012. But by then he'd tried his hand at other sporting ventures. In 2007 he joined NFL Europa team Hamburg Sea Devils but his career stalled due to injury before the league folded. In March 2008 he joined Rugby League team Castleford on trial, featuring in a reserve fixture, but failed to gain a contract.

DWAIN CHAMBERS One of Britain's faster ever sprinters, Chambers racked up world and European medals and finished 4th in the 100 metres at the Sydney Olympics. But Chambers' career was blighted by a doping ban that was enforced in 2003 and saw him barred from competing at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games between 2006 and 2012, even after the ban was over.

After retiring from cricket in 2009, Flintoff embarked on a bid to become a heavyweight boxer. Under the tutelage of Barry McGuigan, and the watchful eye of national TV documentaries, Flintoff climbed off the canvas to record a points victory over Richard Dawson in 2012, before retiring from boxing undefeated.

ANDREW FLINTOFF Another English cricketing icon, “Freddie” became a big star as the hero of England’s 2005 Ashes series win over Australia. His 3,845 test runs and 235 wickets, along with a further 3,394 ODI runs and 167 wickets only tell half the story of his popularity, with his off-field drink-fuelled antics regularly raising smiles as they made headlines.

IAN BOTHAM Cricketing legend "Beefy" racked up 102 Test appearances for England, scoring 5,200 runs at an average of 33.54 and claiming 383 wickets at an average of 28.40. He is an icon in cricket but his sporting talent did not stop there. Between 1978 and 1985 Botham turned out for Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United, making 11 football league appearances at centre-half for The Iron

GENE CONLEY The only man to win a World Series and an NBA Finals. Conley was both MLB pitcher and NBA forward during a decorated multi-sport career. Having won the 1957 World Series whilst playing for the Milwaukee Braves Conley returned to basketball, where his professional sport career had begun, winning 3 NBA championships in a row from 1959-1961. Conley died earlier this year aged 86.

And while she was conquering the boxing world Taylor was also earning international recognition for the Irish ladies football team, collecting 11 caps and registering 2 goals playing as a midfielder of forward between 2006 and 2009. Too good to be true? Taylor’s only career blemish was being sent off against Italy in 2008 after scoring her 2nd international goal in the same game.

KATIE TAYLOR The Irish boxing sensation has very quickly turned amateur success in to professional perfection. After being the Irish team flag bearer Taylor won lightweight Olympic gold at London in 2012, and five consecutive world amateur gold medals between 2006 and 2014. After finishing third in the world championships in 2016 Taylor turned pro and has quickly built a 6-0 record