Monday 24 April 2017

'I don't ever see Conor McGregor fighting in Ireland again' - John Kavanagh has bad news for Notorious fans

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Harry Clarke

Conor McGregor is unlikely to ever fight in Ireland again, according to his coach John Kavanagh.

The Notorious has always said his dream was to fight in front of a sell-out crowd in Croke Park but in the past that ambition has been met with obstacles, most notably the time difference between Ireland and Las Vegas making it unfeasible to satisfy the pay-per-view TV market.

"I have to be honest, I don’t ever see him fighting in Ireland again," said Kavanagh, speaking in Sydney on a promotional tour.

"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."

Meanwhile, Independent.ie understands that McGregor's hugely publicised fight with Floyd Mayweather will take place in Las Vegas on September 16 this year.

Speaking about that anticipated bout, Kavanagh added: "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."

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