A lot of purists and hardcore MMA fans don’t have any real interest in seeing Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor battle under the UFC’s banner, but the latter’s coach clearly wants to see it happen.
Before Mayweather and McGregor fought last August, the undefeated boxer said he would meet the UFC champ in the cage, after they boxed. Of course, at the time, no one believed Mayweather, since, pretty much everyone believes he has next to no chance against McGregor under MMA rules.
Well, more recently, Mayweather has been teasing and or trolling the combat sports world, that he may in fact, move to the UFC. It’s no doubt prompted plenty of eye rolls throughout the hardcore base, since, they would rather see McGregor fight someone, who, ya know, is actually a world class MMA fighter..Like say, Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But, it seems like McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, is more than open to the much discussed fight. While talking to The Mac Life recently, Kavanagh said this about Mayweather – McGregor (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“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?”
“…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.”
So why do it then really? We do all know what will happen, a lot more definitively than we all knew what would happen when they boxed last summer. Is there an element of curiosity? Sure. But we’re all a lot more curious about how McGregor would do against Ferguson or Nurmagomedov right?
Of course, you can’t really fault Kavanagh for wanted to see McGregor have another shot at Mayweather, under MMA rules. Plus, the Irish star would take home another truckload of cash. Kavanagh also reportedly relayed in the interview that he feels “something forming”, in terms of the fight materializing. So…ya. All this talk isn’t over yet.