It seems we are getting close. Real close. Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh certainly feels it. In fact, Kavanagh recently revealed to Fox Sports Australia that the fight is all but official. And that McGregor is already training for his next fight like it’s going down soon.

After speculation of whether or not fans would see much of McGregor this year, if at all, things are finally starting to take shape. But McGregor isn’t returning to the Octagon. He’s set to take on boxing pound-for-pound elite Floyd “Money” Mayweather in a crossover bout for the ages.

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather could be announced soon

McGregor, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, was last seen in the cage in mid-November. He became the UFC’s first simultaneous two-division titleholder after easily defeating Eddie Alvarez.

Mayweather on the other hand, hasn’t fought since September of 2015, when he shut out Andre Berto for his 49th straight victory without a loss. He has since retired from the sport of boxing, but seems intent on returning for what would be his 50th professional bout against McGregor.

Speaking to Fox Sports, Kavanagh reveals training has begun

“In my mind, it’s on. That’s the mentality we’re in. Like you said, there’s a lot of fingers in the pie on this one. There’s different promotions, different organizations, different commissions that are involved. But as far as I’m concerned, I really believe it’s going to happen this year. That’s the mindset I have.

“Let the people in the suits worry about the paperwork. We’re training for it.

“Boxing is one of the 10 skills you need for mixed martial arts. But now we’re only doing boxing so we can drop wrestling and jiu-jitsu and Thai boxing, we can just focus on the boxing.

“So of course we’re getting ready to fight arguably one of the best defensive boxers of all time, but the training will become simplified ‘cause we only have to do boxing so it’s a new challenge I’m excited about.”

If Kavanagh can feel it, so can we. McGregor training means the fight is extremely close. Maybe we’ll get an announcement soon? One can only hope.

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