John Kavanagh Might Not Coach Conor McGregor For His Next Fight

Conor McGregor and John Kavanagh

Throughout his mixed martial arts career Conor McGregor has had his long-time coach John Kavanagh by his side, but that might not be the case if he fights again.

Kavanagh told the Independent in Ireland this week that he would need to be convinced before he’d agree to coach the superstar again, after pointing out that he’d actually asked ‘The Notorious’ to retire as early as his lightweight title victory over Eddie Alvarez back in 2016.

“Well, he would certainly have to convince me to go again,” Kavanagh told the Independent.

“Yeah, I love him. I love the whole journey we’ve had but I’d need a good ‘why’. It might be Diaz again because he promised that fight. It might be a rematch with Khabib. But if it was just: ‘Well, they want me to fight that guy’ I think I’d say, ‘I wish you the best.’”

As to whether McGregor will fight again, Kavanagh is not 100% sure.

“Honestly? I don’t know. Will he fight again? I don’t know. I know him as a person and know that coming off two losses – even though one was boxing – will be hard for him. But he’s 30, two kids, and has a big whiskey deal that’s making him more money than fighting ever did. Would you get up in the morning to be punched in the face? I don’t think so. But he’ll probably call me tomorrow and say: ‘What did you say that for? I’m fighting in March.’ So I don’t know.”

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