Barry McGuigan MBE is an Irish Boxing Champion, Pundit, After-Dinner and Motivational Speaker
Undisputedly, one of the best boxers of his generation, McGuigan was an entertainer in the ring and a leader outside.
Not only did he reach the pinnacle of his sport, he took a brave stance as a rallying voice for a non-sectarian Ireland at the height of the Troubles.
His leadership abilities are once again coming to the fore as he mentors and guides the development of a stable of young fighters including IBF Super Bantamweight World Champion Carl Frampton MBE.
“We invited Barry to talk to Ireland’s rugby team during the World Cup. He was engaging,motivating, energetic and added hugely to the evening. He left a great impression to all who met him”
Ireland Rugby Team Manager – Michael Kearney
As an amateur Barry McGuigan won a multitude of titles, at the tender age of 17 he took the gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and as a Professional he won the British, European and World Titles.
On 8th June 1985, in London, in front of a crowd of over 27,000.00 and a television audience of over twenty million, McGuigan achieved his dream and became Featherweight Champion of the World by defeating Eusebio Pedroza.
He was later awarded BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and voted into the World and International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Barry McGuigan – Life out of the Ring:
Though now retired Barry remains closely entwined with boxing. He is now mentor and manager to a stable of fighters, with a focus on identifying young talent, building a support team and developing their abilities to not only become best in class but also responsible roles models in society. He is also Founder of the Professional Boxing Association.
As an extension of this dedication to developing young talent, he is also founder of The Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
On the media stage McGuigan is recognised as one of the leading commentators on the sport. He has been writing a successful weekly column for the Daily Mirror for over 10 years and has commentated throughout the world.
He collaborated with the twice Academy Award nominated film director Jim Sheridan and Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis to make the movie ‘The Boxer’ which was inspired by his life. As well as training Day Lewis over a two year period, McGuigan choreographed and edited all the boxing scenes for the Golden Globe nominated movie.
Barry McGuigan is available for anecdotal after-dinner speeches and keynote presentations:
As a Motivational Speaker Barry’s speaking topics include:
- Overcoming Adversity
- Peak Performance
- What it Takes to Become a Champion
- Identifying and Mentoring Talent
- Achieving your Goals
- Overcoming Adversity
- Adapting to Change
- Society, Community and the Power of Sport
- Social Cohesion and Conflict Resolution
- Managing a Family Business