McGregor is currently deep into his training camp in Ireland. Head coach John Kavanagh is overseeing his daily work along with striking guru Owen Roddy executing the strategy for the fight with Mayweather.
Before long, McGregor will pack up and relocate to Las Vegas where he will close out his training camp just minutes away from the T-Mobile Arena, which serves as the site for the historic bout between boxer and mixed martial artist.
While this is the first time McGregor has ever prepared for a professional boxing match, Kavanagh admits training camp has been somewhat easier because they are no longer being pulled in numerous directions to get ready for an MMA fight.
“I get in trouble when I say this, but I’m saying it’s simpler just because there’s less skills involved as opposed to getting ready for mixed martial arts,” Kavanagh told the MacLife.com on Wednesday.
“Boxing is an element. Now we don’t, obviously in boxing for MMA, we don’t go into it as detailed as you do boxing for boxing’s sake, but however, it’s still one of a myriad of skills we need for MMA, so it’s simpler, but then on the flipside then it’s very interesting because you get to delve deep into what it is that is boxing.”
Kavanagh paid credit to Roddy for handling the bulk of the training that McGregor will do leading up to the fight with Mayweather.
A former mixed martial artist turned striking coach, Roddy will be responsible for putting McGregor through the rigors of his fight camp, while also helping to put together the strategy to attempt to hand Mayweather his first loss in 50 pro bouts.
“Right off the bat, I’d have to say that it’s Owen Roddy that deserves credit for putting together the game plan for this fight,” Kavanagh revealed. “I’m playing a role in it, but I’ve been sitting back and watching Owen.
“Owen and Conor have been with me since they’re 16, 17 [years old], coming up with plans and playing around with different martial arts and techniques and strategies and just watching the two of them kind of bounce ideas off each other, whatever it is, 10 or 11 years later, it’s a very proud moment.”
Of course, Kavanagh couldn’t give away too many specifics for the training camp, but he did reveal one major component…