John Kavanagh is McGregor’s coach and he claims that the Irishman was offered $5 million to fight a Chinese kickboxer.
“I had a guy message me just a few days ago — a Chinese kickboxer [who] wanted to do three rounds with Conor for $5 million,” Kavanagh said on The True Geordie Podcast. “And he was going to put it in escrow. It wasn’t like he was just [joking]. Because again, I get a million messages like that a day, but you just don’t pay attention [to them]. But this guy was connected and it was a legitimate offer. But I know he wouldn’t [do it].”
Although Kavanagh said the proposed bout would’ve been against a Chinese kickboxer, it is unknown just who made the offer and who the kickboxer actually is.
Kavanagh says the offer was turned down, but that the proposition was a legitimate one.
“You get the odd funny message like that. And like I said, it was a genuine [offer],” Kavanagh said. “I know the boxing promoter well and he’s very well known. So he wasn’t going to come with an offer that wasn’t legitimate.”
It could be awhile before fans see McGregor competed either way because the fighter, along with Nurmagomedov, is awaiting punishment for their roles in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl.