When Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon, following his boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather, his longtime coach believes the UFC champ will be an even better fighter than before.
Since it was announced that McGregor will box Mayweather on August 26th, some folks have questioned whether the lightweight star will be at his best, when he returns to the UFC. The argument being that McGregor has been focusing on his boxing skills in preparation for Mayweather, which is only one of several skill sets utilized in MMA. Further, other lightweight contenders in the UFC have been continuing to hone all of the elements in their MMA game.
“It’s a learning experience. You don’t get to do this too often, where you immerse yourself in one style. I read somewhere that people were saying that this would have a negative effect on Conor when he goes back to MMA; I think it’s only going to have a positive effect. When else could you shelve everything and focus on one art?
“Whatever about the other arts in MMA, Conor came from boxing and boxing was always in his heart. He was always showing me different boxing fights over the years, so now that he really gets to immerse himself in it and drag us all deep into that rabbit hole with him it is fascinating.”
There’s no question that McGregor’s boxing is going to reach a new level, as a result of all the time he’s been putting in training and sparring in the sweet science. Further, it’s not like McGregor is spending, say, two years just training and competing in boxing. So, it’s unlikely his MMA game will take a significant step back on account of preparing for Mayweather.
But, is there a chance that McGregor might lose interest in training all of the various skill sets that are part of MMA?