SBG Ireland head coach, John Kavanagh, is getting ready to prepare Conor McGregor for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Although nothing has been signed between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr., ‘The Notorious’ is getting ready to drop the mixed martial arts training to focus strictly on boxing.
That’s according to McGregor’s longtime coach and friend, John Kavanagh, who told FOX Sports earlier this week that the boxing megafight will happen this year and that preparations are already underway at SBG Ireland in Dublin.
“In my mind, it’s on,” Kavanagh said. “That’s the mentality we’re in. Like you said, there’s a lot of fingers in the pie on this one. There’s different promotions, different organizations, different commissions that are involved but as far as I’m concerned, I really believe it’s going to happen this year. That’s the mindset I have.
“Let the people in the suits worry about the paperwork. We’re training for it.”
Kavanagh joked on April Fools’ day that the McGregor-Mayweather bout had been signed for a Hell in a Cell, tag team match, but the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist is now very serious about McGregor’s training.
“Boxing is one of the 10 skills you need for mixed martial arts. But now we’re only doing boxing so we can drop wrestling and jiu-jitsu and Thai boxing, we can just focus on the boxing,” Kavanagh said about McGregor’s training regimen.
“So of course we’re getting ready to fight arguably one of the best defensive boxers of all time, but the training will become simplified cause we only have to do boxing so it’s a new challenge I’m excited about.”
Sources also told FOX Sports that the boxing spectacle is being targeted for mid-September, and McGregor teased reporters at New York’s Madison Square Garden by claiming that the fight is ‘very close’ to being signed.