Conor McGregor’s coach says that Floyd Mayweather boxing match is progressing, but selfishly wants him to stay in MMA and defend his belt.
While Conor McGregor is taking a bit of a break, his coach John Kavanagh recently discussed his star pupil’s options. According to him, while he isn’t “privy to all that’s going on”, talks about the Floyd Mayweather boxing match is progressing and he believes it will push through.
“It seems like it’s coming. When or how definite, I don’t know, but it’s looking more likely,” Kavanagh told Submission Radio. “And the two guys seem to want it and they’re making moves towards it, but I won’t lie, I don’t know is the short answer.
“There seems to be a lot of steps to get over with various commissions involved and different promotions involved and so on and so forth, but it’s a fight that’s getting more and more momentum every day and more and more people want to see it. So if you ask just me, my personal uneducated opinion on it, I would say that I believe it’s gonna happen.”
As a coach, Kavanagh is intrigued by the idea of the boxing match, mostly because it’s a chance to shock the world and prove people wrong again.
“I love challenges and Conor is a lot more competitive than me,” he said. “But I would love the challenge of it and the spectacle of it and the level of interest. I mean, back in the day there was Muhummad Ali and (Antonio Inoki).
“So yeah, I would love to see the challenge for Conor to test himself in that area,” he said. “We’re kind of used to being told what we can’t do, but we don’t pay too much attention to it, we just get on and make things happen.”
Everything said, Kavanagh “selfishly” wants McGregor to stay in MMA and defend his title against Khabib Nurmagomedov or Nate Diaz.
“Mixed martial arts is the freest form of combat sport there is. So that’s my love and I’m a big fan of Conor’s fighting in MMA,” he said. “So yeah, my number one thing would be for Conor to fight MMA. That’s my selfish number one, what I would like to see.
“Which opponent? I’ve said it before. The Nate (Diaz) rematch interests me a lot because it’s 1-1 and how the styles match up. Almost on a par with that, not much difference will be the winner of Khabib and Ferguson this weekend. I think Khabib will be the winner, so Khabib will be the match up out of that.”
The SBG head coach also wants those two bouts more than a potential super-fight with Georges St-Pierre.
“Below that would be GSP, purely because GSP was an incredible fighter,” he explained. “(I’m a) big fan of him, I’ve learned a lot from watching his fights, but it’s a long time since he’s fought and the game changes very, very quickly. I think Khabib is sort of like a better version of GSP. Although we don’t know, it’s hard to tell how GSP and Khabib would match up. But yeah, MMA-wise, Nate or almost on a par winner of Khabib/Ferguson.”