Despite mismatch and publicity stunt claims the former Crumlin amateur’s current MMA coach John Kavanagh still claims a fight with the five division World champion remains an option post UFC 205 and notes that if the fight-event was to be made he would consult the Celtic Warrior Gym owner and tap into his boxing knowledge in the build up to the clash.
McGregor, who challenges for Eddie Alvarez’s UFC lightweight belt this weekend, has roots in Crumlin BC and close links to Phil Sutcliffe, but has also spent time sparring in the Celtic Warrior Gym. Gym boss Collins, who trains the likes of Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, Stephen Ormond, Luke Keeler, Steve Collins Jr and Niall Kennedy would be asked to come on board if a megabucks fight with ‘Money’ Mayweather was made.
“For boxing, in Dublin, Conor goes to train with Paschal Collins every now and again – Steve Collins brother – out in Blanchardstown,” Kavanagh told Pundit Arena. “For sure, we would bring him in. He is a fantastic coach. I have met him a number of times, we click. We are both kind of on the same page. So, Paschal would be the man there.”
There are many who still have serious reservations about a Mayweather v McGregor match up and the validity in claims from both that they would get it on, but Kavanagh is adamant it remains a possibility.
“There are so many options for Conor right now,” Kavanagh continued. “The Mayweather fight is still kind of hanging in there. The Nate [Diaz] trilogy is there. Maybe going back to 145lbs. So, a lot of things are up in the air. I’m sure Conor will have an interesting announcement to make after the fight. So, stay tuned.”