In the build up to any Conor McGregor fight you can guarantee the brazen Irishman will inflict his opponent with a substantial amount of verbal abuse in order to disrupt their mental preparation. Floyd Mayweather is no stranger to McGregor’s oral jibes but now John Kavanagh has taken a page from his prized pupil’s playbook.
During a recent tour of Australia, Kavanagh didn’t hold back when giving his opinion of the controversial Mayweather. He spoke bluntly about the boxers’ private life and coaching beliefs when he said,
“I do pretty much think Floyd Mayweather is a dirtbag. He’s beat up his girlfriends. I’ve watched (clips from Mayweather’s boxing gym) The Doghouse. He just strikes me as a real bully type character. He makes these guys fight endless rounds until one is badly hurt. He’s just not a good individual.”
Despite his negative outlook on Mayweather, Kavanagh can’t deny his respect for his abilities.
“I am a fan of his skills, but as a human being, the way he runs his gym, the way he carries himself, I mean it is a little bit of an exchange of style like that so we’ll see what happens.”
Furthermore, Kavanagh spoke of his adoration of McGregor for wanting to take on the undefeated 49-0 boxing legend.
“McGregor is already pretty much a legend in Irish folklore at this stage. But to do that (Mayweather fight), what can I do except tip my hat to him that he’s embracing this challenge? He wants to fight one of the best boxers of all time”. Via BJPenn.com.
Normally, John Kavanagh is the epitome of composure and is not one for dishing out the trash talk. A perfect example of his poise can be found in the prologue of when Conor McGregor fought Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title.
For months, Alvarez’s coach Mark Henry had bashed McGregor for avoiding his other student, Frankie Edgar before switching his attention to Kavanagh. Speaking to SevereMMA.com Henry said, “I don’t even know what this coach has done. He’s a ground guy, right? I think he should give all the proceeds of his book over to his striking coach. So, maybe that’s what he needs to do.”
He then posted this Instagram post slating Kavanagh further, even going as far as saying he is the ‘Irish Edmund’, a reference to Ronda Rousey’s questionable coach.
Kavanagh stayed quiet throughout and only blocked Henry on Twitter refusing to fire back verbally. His response to when Henry eventually apologised was calm and unruffled.
@RAbraldez already shook his hand tuesday night when he apologised. i dont hold grudges.
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) September 28, 2016
It will be interesting to see if Kavanagh keeps the same composure and class when dealing with the Mayweather camp.