John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor is relishing being the underdog to Floyd Mayweather

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UFC champion Conor McGregor is at his best when “everybody is
mocking him,” according to the fighter’s head coach John

McGregor may be one of the top athletes in mixed martial arts but
he is the bookmakers’ underdog in his August 26 clash with Floyd

Coach Kavanagh, though, said McGregor thrives on pressure and is
used to proving people wrong.

“We’ve always done our best when everybody is mocking the idea of
an unknown Dublin guy saying he’s going to take on the whole UFC
roster and win the belt,” Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.

“Those challenges seem to bind us even closer than we already
are. I’m really seeing that spirit lit up in the team. It’s
always there, but for whatever reason, because we’re being
laughed at, because we’re being mocked, it’s making us even

Conor McGregor flips MMA coach John Kavanagh
Conor McGregor and John

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Kavanagh is aware of Mayweather’s pedigree but is planning to
exploit any weaknesses, no matter how slight, in the unbeaten
American’s game.

“We’re talking about one of boxing’s all-time greats but there
will be openings,” he said. “Nobody is perfect and everybody can
get hit. We’re just looking to make those openings happen more
often than they usually do.”

Kavanagh is expecting to see McGregor stun the combat sports
world. “We’re ready to see a lot of jaws drop on the night.”