Conor McGregor’s coach has admitted The Notorious is unlikely to EVER fight in Ireland again.
There has been a long-held hope that one of McGregor’s MMA bouts could be held here, with Croke Park mooted as a potential venue.
However, his coach John Kavanagh has poured cold water on those suggestions, insisting the practicalities of time differences with the US market would rule out such a move.
“I have to be honest, I don’t ever see him fighting in Ireland again”, Kavanagh told a crowd at Sydney’s Star Casino on Friday night, as quouted by news.com.au.
“Just the time difference (between Ireland and peak American viewing time).
“He’d be doing a 4am walk the way Alex Gustafsson had to do.
“Imagine Irish people from 8pm to 4am drinking and then Conor walking out ... there’d be 80,000 people asleep on chairs. I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
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Kavanagh also hinted heavily again that McGregor’s expected fight with Floyd Mayweather WILL happen.
Speaking about the Notorious’ plans for the year ahead, Kavanagh said:
“What I see happening this year is the Mayweather fight, maybe the end of the summer or something like that.
“However, let’s say Mayweather doesn’t want to do it, for whatever reason, then I could see us fighting in MMA by the end of the summer for the lightweight belt.
“One thing you’ve got to understand about Conor- and this might rattle your bones- is his motivation is not money when it comes to fighting.
“Right now, even with his ridiculous spending habits, he wouldn’t be able to spend his money by the time he retired.
“It’s not money that’s getting him up in the morning. It’s the competition. It’s facing someone he genuinely feels is a threat.
“Like when we lost to Nate Diaz, he could’ve gone straight down to lightweight and fought Eddie Alvarez, who turned out to be a pretty straightforward opponent.
“But that wasn’t his interest. His interest was ‘I’ve got to beat this guy, this guy’s beaten me’. That’s a real challenge.