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Coach: Despite UFC 202 pit stop, Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather boxing match 'will happen'

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor won the promotion's 145-pound title by knocking out Jose Aldo at UFC 194 last December in Las Vegas, Nevada, but to date, has yet to commit to his first title defense.

He's too busy playing touch-butt with Nate Diaz at 170 pounds.

That's why UFC President Dana White was forced to create an interim strap, to be contested between Aldo and top contender Frankie Edgar, who will bang it out for a shot at "Notorious" -- if and when he ever comes back -- at the upcoming UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event.

"The short answer is I don't know," Coach John Kavanagh told Jonathan Shrager of MMA Underground (via FOX Sports) when asked about McGregor's return to featherweight. "I'm very intrigued to see the Aldo and Edgar fight."

As far as boxing Floyd Mayweather for a bazillion-dollar payday?

"I think that contest will happen eventually but it's on hold for now. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't at some stage. I think it's a bigger fight; I think there's a lot of intrigue about it. I could be 100-percent wrong. Right now we're focusing on August 20th. We have an important rematch - a mixed martial arts fight - but if in time that fight was to be announced it would not surprise me and I think it would be an interesting one. Who knows? We could upset the world. The great Ali said, ‘the impossible is nothing.'"

Ain't that the truth.

McGregor isn't going anywhere until the end of the year, as he still needs to get through Diaz at UFC 202 in August. The Irishman was submitted by the Stockton slapper at UFC 196 back in March, and after a brief tussle with his superiors, announced his Octagon return.

What becomes of it, remains to be seen.

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