Michael Conlan has revealed that he will be a part of Conor McGregor’s training camp for the highly touted boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
Of course, a deal for the super-fight to take place has still not been completed, but we are now closer than ever. With McGregor’s side of the contract signed off, having come to terms with the UFC over stipulations, it is now up to team Mayweather to get the deal done. Dana White is currently in negotiations with Floyd and his team and hopes to come to an agreement with them sooner rather than later.
At this moment in time, the probability of this event taking place is much higher than us never getting to see the spectacle. Even Dana himself has said so.
We have seen ‘The Notorious’ imply that his training camp for the bout with the undefeated 40-year-old has already begun on his instagram with this post:
Now, it looks as though the Dubliner’s training camp for the mega-fight is starting to really take shape.
Having signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotions after his controversial early exit from the Rio Olympics in 2016, Conlan made his professional boxing debut earlier this year on St. Patrick’s Day in Madsion Square Garden and was accompanied to the ring by none other than McGregor himself. The pair of fighters have formed a close bond ever since crossing paths.
The Belfast man had his second career victory in as many outings last Friday night via a facile third round stoppage. He is now scheduled to fight on the Manny Paquaio undercard on July 2nd in Brisbane, Australia.
Speaking to Boxing News Online after his all too easy win last weekend, the 25-year-old former amateur World Champion outlined that he will be part of the MMA superstar’s preparations to take on arguably the greatest defensive boxer of all time, should the fight come to fruition.
“He asked me would I come down and be a part of his camp.
“He would like me to be part of his camp for the fight if it happens. He didn’t even say if it happens, he said he would like me to be a part of the camp for the fight.”
So, what role would the man who won bronze at the London Olympics in 2012 for Ireland have in the camp of the UFC lightweight champion?
“I’m not saying I’m going to spar him or nothing. He wants me to come down and be part of it and experience it all with me.
“I think it’ll be a fantastic opportunity to go down and do that,” he said.
“I definitely bring something to the table. I’d definitely be able to spot things, if things are wrong, if he’s throwing punches wrong, little things people who aren’t in boxing do naturally.”
Conlan went on to illustrate further how he could benefit McGregor in his training while fully recognising what an undoubtedly monumental task it really is to take down the 49-0 ex-pound for pound king in the sport.
“There’s a lot of things I’d be able to give him pointers on, or tips on.
“I’m not going to say I’m going to teach him how to beat Floyd Mayweather!” Michael added.
Conor could do with as much assistance as possible from people within the sport of boxing, who are knowledgeable on the matter ahead of this fight, as it is a completely new venture for him. It remains to be seen what coaching guidance the 28-year-old will come under in this training camp. With John Kavangh having an extensive background in mixed martial arts but being quite unfamiliar in the area of pure boxing, it is still difficult to see him not featuring in some capacity. The name of the famous retired boxing hero from Dublin, Steve Collins, has been thrown around.
In the meantime, we just need Floyd to sign on the dotted line.
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