Coach John Kavanagh talks about how Conor McGregor is dealing with his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Conor McGregor exceeded expectations in his professional boxing debut, standing toe-to-toe and holding his own against Floyd Mayweather Jr. before succumbing to exhaustion and being overwhelmed with a barrage of punches in the 10th round.
McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, took the loss on the chin and seemed to be enjoying himself at the post-fight press conference in Las Vegas.
Compared to when he lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, when McGregor was obsessed with avenging his loss in an immediate rematch, the Irishman seems willing to move on from the Mayweather bout and has hinted at a return to MMA.
His long time coach and mentor, John Kavanagh, says McGregor is dealing with the loss to ‘Money’ with a different mindset and isn’t too interested in a rematch with the pound-for-pound boxing great.
“I think it’s different,” Kavanagh told Chisanga Malata of Express Sport in a recent interview. “After the Nate loss, it was an obsession.
“I don’t see that same level of interest in the Mayweather rematch. “Not that he would turn it down if it was offered. But certainly not in the same way that he was for the Diaz fight.”
After shutting down the rumors of a potential boxing match with Manny Pacquiao, McGregor followed up on social media with a photo of him rolling on the mats training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at John Kavanagh’s SBG Ireland.
Solid rounds tonight at @sbgireland
The 29-year-old combat sports star has teased at potential bouts with Tony Ferguson and Max Holloway. A couple of months of ago McGregor promised to return to the UFC to defend his lightweight title and ‘legitimize’ the rankings.