What seemed to be a farcical matchup has become closer to reality: the boxing match between MMA star Conor McGregor and boxing great Floyd Mayweather becomes more likely every day. In a recent interview, McGregor’s head coach said that they are preparing as if the boxing match will take place in 2017.
John Kavanagh was interviewed on the Bill and Boz show on Fox Sports, and he said that despite the number of hurdles ahead of the fight, he is highly confident it will happen.
"In my mind, it’s on. That’s the mentality we’re in,” Kavanagh said. “There’s a lot of fingers in the pie with this one — there’s different promotions, different organizations, there’s different commissions that are involved. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m really convinced it’s going to happen this year and that’s the mindset that I have. Let the people in the suits worry about the paperwork, we’re training for it."
Kavanagh had previously discussed the details of training for a boxing match compared to an MMA fight, and was criticized for seemingly downplaying the difficulty of preparing to fight Mayweather. He clarified that he simply believes this fight will be simpler to prepare for because they can put aside training in all other disciplines, but he is well aware of the challenge at hand.
“I said a quote, but I was kind of taken out of context, I saw it would be simpler training for boxing. But what I mean is that 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 jujitsu and Thai boxing. We can just focus on the boxing. So of course we’re getting ready to fight one of the best defensive boxers of all time, but the training will become simplified because we only have to do boxing. It’s a new challenge, I’m excited about it.”