John Kavanagh Says Money Is No Longer The Motivation For Conor McGregor

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Whatever happens in the boxing ring on August 26th in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor will walk away rich beyond his wildest dreams, and as such his long-time coach John Kavanagh believes that money is no longer what is getting the Irish superstar out of bed in the morning.

“It’s not money that’s motivating him anymore,” Kavanagh said on The MMA Hour show. “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.”

With that in mind, Kavanagh doesn’t think McGregor’s days in the UFC will be over after he banks his earnings from the fight with Floyd Mayweather, and is instead keeping an eye on the possibility that he could be back in the Octagon before the end of the year.

“I don’t see any reason why he would not,” Kavanagh said when asked about McGregor’s chances of returning to the Octagon. “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.”

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