John Kavanagh claims he would “love to be involved” in an MMA fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Recently, Mayweather posted videos from an MMA cage teasing a crossover bout with “The Notorious” and Kavanagh sees, “something forming”, in relation to the polarizing MMA fight.
“I’m kind of reminded of early last year when I was asked about the boxing fight,” Kavanagh told The Mac Life.
“I was as doubtful as anybody and actually went as far as to stupidly tweeted that I would do the Irish Riverdance naked if Floyd steps in the Octagon. Now I’m going to be honest, I’m practicing Irish dancing and I’m getting nervous about that.
“In all seriousness, it’s a crazy world we live in, the fight that could nver happen happened and this is a fight that can never happen and it seems to be getting…I don’t know, there seems to be something forming there.”
Mayweather competing in the Octagon appeals to the old school MMA fan in Kavanagh, who claims he would “absolutely love it” if the fight came to be.
“I would absolutely love it,” said Kavanagh.
“I came into martial arts not to win UFC titles. I came into martial arts out of curiosity for martial arts and self-defense. And really what got me involved in UFC 1, what was intriguing after doing martial arts my whole life, was how does a sumo (wrestler) do against a kickboxer? How does a jiu-jitsu guy do against a Wing Chun practitioner?
“After the first four or five UFCs it became obvious what styles were a waste of time and what training systems worked. And then it became more of a sport.
“That’s great, I enjoy it and that’s what I spend most of my time doing, but I still like looking at the odd old school video — ‘Karate master challenges jiu-jitsu guy’. This reminds me of the early days, one of the best boxers ever against one of the best MMA fighters ever, what will happen?”
Kavanagh is confident that the masses would be unanimous in their predictions for the fight. He also highlighted that Mayweather’s MMA debut would be “more spectacle than sport” if it happened.
“We all know what will happen (if Mayweather fights McGregor in MMA), but I’m not going to say it doesn’t get the curiosity going. It’s a bit of throwback to the UFC 1, 2 and 3 days, more spectacle than sport, but it would be a fun fight to be involved in.”