Fredde Roach not counting McGregor out of Mayweather superfight
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 21, 2017,
Feb 21, 2017, 21:54
Mayweather is the favorite, yes, but I will never count anyone out. As noted by Bleacher Report, Freddie Roach has experience with training mixed martial arts fighters, having worked with Georges St-Pierre and Andrei Arlovski in the past. UFC President Dana White dismisses it as a "tabloid story" before Mayweather admits he started the rumour and is ready to come out of retirement for the match.
There once was a time when a boxing match between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather was little more than mythology. "Well, Floyd is a pretty good striker", he said.
When asked if he thought was going to happen, Roach said he believes it will.
The only thing that's clear at this stage is that McGregor is still targeting Mayweather as his most desired opponent because the payday he would likely earn would be far greater than anything he's made in the UFC to date.
"He told me that he is retired and he is not going to fight again, but he said that if Conor McGregor comes to the table, he said, 'That one I will fight'". Everything is pointing in that direction right now. Still, people in the know seem to be looking at a McGregor vs. Mayweather bout as an inevitability at this point. "But he's sellable, he's making some noise".
So what does Roach think of McGregor's chances against Mayweather? "Everything is pointing in the right direction".
Working alongside the likes of amateur star Michael Conlan, McGregor aims to be prepared for anything Mayweather throws at him, if however, any negotiations can be successful in the coming months. He is good at hitting and not getting hit.
He said: 'If this the way he fights now, I would beat his ass. "I think it would take a long time for Conor to get ready for a boxing match, a pure boxing match, but one punch can change everything". For those who see absolutely no way that the Irishman could beat Mayweather Jr.in a boxing ring, it probably makes just about as much sense. "He (McGregor) throws, he throws hard and he's not afraid to throw", said Roach.