Coach John Kavanagh is in the midst of helping UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor prepare for the boxing super fight against Floyd Mayweather.
The longtime McGregor coach says that it isn’t going to be money that keeps McGregor out of fighting for the UFC again.
“I don’t see any reason why he would not,” Kavanagh said on The MMA Hour. “Certainly money would not be the reason why he would not do MMA again. He has said very clearly to me, ‘Get ready, we’re back in the cage in December.’ I hope someone out there has sparked the interest in him to make him excited about that.”
McGregor hasn’t been seen in the UFC since he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 205.
Kavanagh also says it is the challenge, not the money, that is going to motivate McGregor to fight in the UFC again.
“It’s not money that’s motivating him anymore,” Kavanagh said. “He could very easily make similar money from doing some movies or doing endorsements. It’s the challenge. That’s why he’s in the gym laughing every day. If he left the gym now and stopped fighting, what would he do with his free time? You can only sit in one car at a time, you can only have one meal at a time. Eventually you want to do something that’s enjoyable to you. And that would be Conor drifting back into the gym. It’s what’s enjoyable to him.”
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.