As Conor McGregor works towards his professional boxing debut on August 26 against Floyd Mayweather, his training alongside his striking coach Owen Roddy has never been more intense.
Focused solely on the art of pure striking, with the other elements of mixed martial arts such as kicking, wrestling, jiu jitsu, etc. put aside for the time being, the UFC lightweight champion has been working closer with Roddy for his upcoming bout against the man who is considered arguably the greatest defensive boxer of all time.
Of course, during his training camps in his usual domain for MMA fights, McGregor’s main coach is the head coach of SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh. With Kavanagh taking somewhat of a backseat in the preparations for the unprecedented cross-over event that will go down in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, it is Roddy who has been the main perpetrator in devising a game plan to put a halt to Mayweather’s pristine undefeated record.
‘Rowdy’ has been vocal with his belief that his fighter will provide a monumental shock on August 26 and be the first man to not only beat Floyd, but knock him out.
As the clock ticks towards fight night, excitement for fight fans in anticipation of what will happen is growing and hitting new heights day by day.
With the sideshow of the Paulie Mallignaggi saga grabbing headlines this week, Conor’s sparring record and credentials have been exposed to an extent by the former two weight world boxing champion. Mallignaggi quit Team McGregor in dramatic and sensational fashion last week, citing that he felt he was being exploited and treated as worthless by those inside the camp. He has since publicly slammed the entire setup of the Dubliner. More on that story can be found, here.
Well, all of that has almost distracted us from the fact that Conor’s preparation for what he is branding the biggest fight in combat sports history is probably at its most ferocious point right now, before it tapers off as fight week draws ever closer.
Come fight night later this month, it will be Roddy’s voice shouting loudest from the corner of ‘The Notorious’ with instructions.
For a glimpse at what the SBG striking coach has to offer in terms of in-fight advice, a video has emerged compiling such in McGregor’s three most recent UFC bouts, dating back from UFC 196 in March 2016, through to the epic Diaz rematch at UFC 202 this time last year and all the way to his crowning as the first man to hold UFC titles in two different weight classes simultaneously at UFC 205 in November.
Check it out for yourslef in the clip below: