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Would Conor McGregor retire after big-money showdown vs. Floyd Mayweather? Coach says no

At 28, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor already has amassed more money and fame than the vast majority of people will know in a lifetime.

And should a highly talked-about matchup against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) eventually come to fruition, McGregor’s already well-off bank account will certainly contain enough to carry the Irishman and his currently expanding family through a rather comfortable retirement.

But, at least according to longtime coach John Kavanagh, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) isn’t about to hang up his MMA gloves just yet.

“Like any sport there’s a sell-by date,” Kavanagh told the Irish Mirror. “But Conor is 28, he’s a baby in the sport. I look at Bernard Hopkins who’s 50, winning world title fights, so Conor isn’t going anywhere soon.”

While McGregor might, who knows, even “go to Hollywood and become the next Schwarzenegger,” Kavanagh says that fame is not really what McGregor is in this for.

“I predict once he’s done in the sport he will disappear,” Kavanagh said. “People think he likes the limelight; he doesn’t. He just likes fighting and promoting fights.”

Kavanagh also spoke about his experience training the self-critical champ through the ups and downs of his impressive career, including UFC 194’s stunning 13-second knockout of long-reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo and the later-avenged upset loss to Nate Diaz in the second round of their UFC 196 encounter.

“Certainly, at the beginning, if Conor had a loss he would treat it as a reason to quit, and I’d have to drag him down from his house,” Kavanagh said. “But that doesn’t happen anymore.

“You see him at his last loss, as soon as the fight was over he was analyzing what he did wrong. He was humble in defeat. We got back in the gym, got ourselves a four- month plan and showed the world what we can do with a loss.”

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