Over a year ago, Floyd Mayweather’s team floated the idea of fighting UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and after 13 months of bickering, there are many indications it will become a reality.
McGregor’s longtime coach SBGi founder John Kavanagh appeared recently on Fox Sports News 500’s Bill and Boz show in Australia and said they are already preparing for it.
“In my mind, it’s on,” said Kavanagh, as transcribed by MMAjunkie. “That’s the mentality we’re in. Like you said, there’s a lot of fingers in the pie on this one. There’s different promotions, different organizations, different commissions that are involved, but as far as I’m concerned, I really believe it’s going to happen this year, and that’s the mindset I have.
“Let the people in the suits worry about the paperwork. We’re training for it.”
“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 jiu-jitsu and Thai boxing – we can just focus on the boxing. So, of course we’re getting ready to fight arguably one of the best defensive boxers of all time, but the training will become simplified because we only have to do boxing so, you know, it’s a new challenge I’m excited about.”
It is believed that the boxing match will take place in September.