Saturday 20 April 2019

Coach John Kavanagh has a feisty message for those mocking McGregor v Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will clash in Las Vegas on August 26th
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will clash in Las Vegas on August 26th
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has welcomed the ridicule that has followed the announcement of the upcoming boxing contest against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.

Dubliner McGregor will make his boxing debut against unbeaten Mayweather on August 26th, with most observers suggesting it is a mis-match that lacks any credibility as a sporting contest.

Kavanagh believes that kind of criticism will inspire his man to rise to the challenge against a boxer with an unblemished 49-0 record, as the countdown to one of the sporting events of 2017 continues.

“We’ve always done best when everybody is just mocking the idea of an unknown Dublin guy saying he’s going to take on the whole UFC roster and win the belt,” Kavanagh told MMA fighting.

“Those challenges seem to bind us even closer than we already are. I’m really seeing that spirit lit up in the team.

“It’s always there, but for whatever reason, because we’re being laughed at, because we’re being mocked, it’s making us even stronger.”

UFC chief Dana White has posted images of Mayweather taking punishment in the boxing ring on his Twitter feed in recent days and even though Kavanagh accepts his man will be up against it in Vegas, he believes there is hope for one of the biggest upsets in sporting history.

“Obviously, we’re talking about one of boxing’s all-time greatest, but there’s also some openings “ added Kavanagh.

“As Dana White has posted a few clips, nobody is perfect. Everybody can get it. We’re just looking to make those openings happen more often than they usually do.”

“We’re very proud to be carrying that torch (the MMA community). Like I said, the mood in the camp is one of ready to see a lot of jaws drop on the night.”

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