Since Conor McGregor is about to become even more ridiculously rich than he already is, some folks have questioned whether the Irish star will return to the UFC, or even fighting altogether. But, the UFC champ’s head coach continues to relay he’s very certain McGregor will be back in the cage.
McGregor is set to box Floyd Mayweather on August 26th, in a bout that could deliver him 100 million dollars. So, obviously, McGregor wouldn’t need to fight again, if he didn’t want to.
Recently his head coach, John Kavanagh, was a guest on “The MMA Hour”. While discussing McGregor’s future in fighting, the renowned coach had this to say, about whether the vaunted fighter will return to the Octagon (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I don’t see any reason why he would not,” Kavanagh said. “Certainly money would not be the reason why he would not do MMA again. He has said very clearly to me, ‘Get ready, we’re back in the cage in December.’ I hope someone out there has sparked the interest in him to make him excited about that.”
“It’s not money that’s motivating him anymore,” Kavanagh add. “He could very easily make similar money from doing some movies or doing endorsements. It’s the challenge. That’s why he’s in the gym laughing every day. If he left the gym now and stopped fighting, what would he do with his free time? You can only sit in one car at a time, you can only have one meal at a time. Eventually you want to do something that’s enjoyable to you. And that would be Conor drifting back into the gym. It’s what’s enjoyable to him.”
This certainly makes sense, and obviously Kavanagh knows McGregor much, much better than fans and the media. McGregor is only 28 year’s old, and while he’s already established an impressive legacy in MMA, there are ways he could build on it. Fighting for a title at 170 for example. Or, defending the 155 belt against the division’s top contenders like Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson.
What will be interesting to see, however, is how much say McGregor has over who and when he fights moving forward. He certainly won’t need to follow the UFC’s lead if he doesn’t want to.