Of course, Kavanagh couldn’t give away too many specifics for the training camp, but he did reveal one major component that McGregor has implemented as he gets ready for Mayweather.
From the sound of things, McGregor will be focusing on practical, in-ring training to prepare for Mayweather rather than spending the next six weeks hitting mitts or the speed bag.
“Without going into too much detail, just to throw a number at you, we’re doing four times the amount of sparring for this camp than we would do for a regular MMA camp,” Kavanagh said. “That’s a huge amount of extra rounds and really, whatever extra parts you get ready for a fight, whether it’s boxing or MMA, without a doubt the most important part is sparring. That’s the sport.
“You can be doing movement drills and weightlifting and running and all of these different things to go with it, but number one should be sparring, as long as it’s sensible. To be able to do four times the amount of sparring, the progress we’re seeing, because after every sparring session we do video analysis, and the progress we’re seeing from one session to the next, like everything Conor does, when Conor gets his mind on something, he’s scarily focused.”
Kavanagh added that McGregor has not only spent more time in the ring battling it out with his sparring partners, but he’s also been obsessive with studying his training sessions to improve before the next time he laces up the gloves.
In fact, McGregor’s head coach says that by the time he actually steps into the ring, he will have completed 44 complete fights and Mayweather will be No. 45.
“To see him apply that and even yesterday we were up at his house and he’s writing down his notes like the old days again. We watched a video and we compare his notes and we make improvements and we spar again and then repeat,” Kavanagh said.
“I really feel we’ve come on leaps and bounds in a very short time and we’re only halfway through this camp. We have another cycle to go through when we get out to Vegas and I’m looking forward to seeing another big leap forward.”