John Kavanagh on why he doesn’t want Conor McGregor to fight Manny Pacquiao

John Kavanagh and Conor McGregor (Image: Instagram/ JohnKavanagh)

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John Kavanagh has explained why he'd rather if Conor McGregor resisted the temptation to box Manny Pacquiao in favour of sticking with MMA.

The Notorious one has made no secret of his his plans to take on the boxing great in a money-spinning crossover fight – with a spring showdown potentially on the cards.

And as McGregor prepares to take on Dustin Poirier this weekend, his head coach Kavanagh was asked what path he'd like the Notorious one to go down.

Kavanagh reckons that he's on the cusp of 'something extroardinary' in the Octagon, but insists he'll wish the Dubliner well against Pacquiao if it comes to down to it.

"I'm gonna pick MMA, all day, every day," Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani.

"(Floyd) Mayweather one was a great experience… If he gets the (Manny) Pacquiao fight, I will be one of those memes that it's smiling but you see a tear coming down.

"I will high five him and wish him the best as he prepares for it. But I think we are on the path, on the journey to doing something extraordinary in mixed martial arts and that is where I would like him to go. Stick with MMA".

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Meanwhile, McGregor has crossed paths with one of his former opponents in Max Holloway as the featherweight put on one of the best performances of his career last Saturday at Fight Island.

The Hawaiian put on a boxing masterclass on his way to a win over Calvin Kattar and afterwards expressed his desire to get another shot at McGregor.

And in reply, the 32-year-old left no doubts in fans' minds about whether the fight could happen.

“I thought it was a solid performance,” McGregor told The Mac Life.

Conor McGregor punches Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013
(Image: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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“He fought an up-and-comer; he done well. I was actually doing an interview and he skateboarded by the window. I was like, ‘Is that Max Holloway?’ He’s obviously hanging around, and fair play to him.

"He’s definitely in the pipeline for a bout against me. I would happily rematch Max, and after a performance like that, he’s put himself right up there.”

Holloway's performance even led to UFC commentator Daniel Cormier comparing 'Blessed' to boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Such his dominance, Holloway caught the headlines for a mid fight boast that saw him shout 'I'm the best boxer in UFC' while throwing a vicious right hand and then ducking and swerving clear from a Kattar counter.

But McGregor is out to disprove that claim this weekend against 'The Diamond'.

“He’s not the best boxer,” McGregor insisted. “It’s no question, and I’ll prove that on (Saturday). Let’s see what he says Sunday morning.”

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