Coach John Kavanagh has claimed that Conor McGregor was offered a sum in the region of $5 million to fight an unnamed Chinese kickboxer.
Another week, another cross-sport spectacle to write about it seems.
The utter lunacy that came from Floyd Mayweather’s December matchup against Japanese kickboxing/MMA star Tenshin Nasukawa has seemingly spawned its first attempt at a copycat in the form of an offer tabled to the former UFC champion Conor McGregor.
Now, of course, Conor is no stranger to jumping between sports after his August 2017 clash with Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring but in a recent appearance on The True Geordie podcast, Coach John Kavanagh revealed that his star-pupil also received an offer to fight on Asian soil.
“I’ll give you a funny one. I had a guy message me just a few days ago – a Chinese kickboxer wanted to do three rounds with Conor for $5million.
“And he was going to put it in escrow. Because again, I get a million messages like that a day, but you just don’t pay attention.
“But this guy was connected and it was a legitimate offer. But I know he wouldn’t [do it]. You get the odd funny message like that. And like I said, it was genuine.
“I know the boxing promoter well and he’s very well known. So he wasn’t going to come with an offer that wasn’t legitimate.” (via Express.co.uk)
Even Mayweather/McGregor II would be a tough sell. Sure, it’d still do gargantuan numbers but at the same time, fans of the sport would be wise enough that this stage to approach it cautiously.
A showdown with the Chinese kickboxer mentioned here – no matter who it is – would be another level of bizarre entirely.
But who knows, the world of combat sports is becoming an increasingly strange place.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena