It’s safe to say that if you’re not aware of what is going on in the world of boxing right now, you’ve most likely been living under a rock for the last few months.
Floyd Mayweather is set to fight Conor McGregor in a boxing match that is primed to be the highest grossing fight of all time. The fight, which will take place in Las Vegas on August 26, will see McGregor trade the octagon of the UFC for the boxing ring. Understandably, given he has never fought a professional boxing match in his life, a lot of people are writing McGregor off as he gets set to fight arguably the best defensive boxer of all time.
However, McGregor will not let the pressures of the audience bother him, and he will be backing himself all the way. The Irishman is looking fitter than he ever has done as he prepares for the fight, and his nutritionist has revealed what “The Notorious” has been fuelling himself up with in his training camp.
McGregor is accustomed to dropping weight in the build up to a fight, with him regularly having to drop down to 145lbs for the majority of his UFC fights. The fighter has fought 7 out of 10 UFC contests at featherweight, but for the bout against Mayweather, he will only have to drop to 154lbs.
The help him with his weight cut, McGregor has re-enlisted the help of former MMA fighter, George Lockhart. Lockhart will take care of Conor’s dietary needs as he prepares to take on arguably one of the best boxers in history. It’s not the first time the pair have linked up, with Lockhart having worked with the Irishman since 2015, when McGregor was training for his fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 194.
Lockhart has explained that there is a significant difference between how you prepare for a UFC contest compared to how you prepare for a boxing match, mainly due to the fact that grappling doesn’t come into play.
“With an MMA match, with wrestling and having someone on top of you, weight matters – with wrestling it does have a huge effect. With boxing, I believe speed is key,” Lockhart told MMA Junkie. “If I’m bigger than you but can’t hit you, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. Not as much grappling, the referee pulls you apart as soon as that does happen…. I want to make sure the fighter is lower in weight, the cut is not as big and the reload is not as much.”
Lockhart has been put in charge of preparing all of McGregor’s meals, and he has been keeping his Instagram followers in the loop as to what Conor is eating each day.
Take a look at some of meals that have been fuelling “The Notorious” below.
That all looks pretty tasty and protein heavy to me, which is unsurprising given the recovery period in between training sessions will be short. No doubt McGregor will be needing all the fuel that he can get, as he enters the fight as a huge underdog so need to be in the best physical shape possible.