When the first reports surfaced that a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was in the works, many people thought it was a joke.
Although McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh says that the bout between the two superstars from different sports is put on hold with McGregor set to rematch Nate Diaz at UFC 202, he believes the fight with Mayweather will take place at some point.
“I think that contest will happen eventually but it’s on hold for now,” Kavanagh said to Jonathan Shrager of MMA Underground (transcribed by MMA Fighting). ” I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t at some stage. I think it’s a bigger fight; I think there’s a lot of intrigue about it. I could be 100% wrong. Right now we’re focusing on August 20th. We have an important rematch – a mixed martial arts fight – but if in time that fight was to be announced it would not surprise me and I think it would be an interesting one.”
Kavanagh added that Mayweather’s technical boxing training and abilities are amazing, and perhaps a fighter such as McGregor that doesn’t come from a technical boxing background may present something Mayweather isn’t used to in the ring.
“It’s hard to beat Floyd with boxing because he seems to be almost perfect in terms of how defensive he is. I think if you’re a classically trained boxer you’re gonna lose to Floyd because he just seems to make everybody look quite ordinary. But maybe somebody who doesn’t strike like a boxer might be a new look for him. Maybe the odd sly knee and leg kick as well. [Laughs.] You get two warnings. [Laughs.]
“But seriously I think Conor’s style is very unusual and Floyd is – I’m personally a fan of his style. I love watching him. I love watching fighters who don’t get hit… I think it’s absolutely beautiful and that’s why I mean I think he is one of the older school trained fighters and the boxing approach most are using against him just won’t work because he’s been doing this for so long. He’s in fantastic shape for his age and he hasn’t taken much head trauma.”
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