Famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach has confessed that he has been approached by the camp of UFC fighter Conor McGregor over the potential coaching role.
The news comes amidst growing speculation over the possibility of a match between two superstars: former UFC champ Conor McGregor and retired undefeated boxing champ Floyd MayWeather Jr.
We reached out to the mcgregor team. Hearing Roach was pranked in terms of the phone call he received yesterday to train mcgregor.
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Both fighters have fuelled the reports with MayWeather admitting that the fantasy clash may not be a rumor and telling his fans to keep their fingers crossed at a meet in Las Vegas.
The 56-year-old American boxing trainer has already worked with elite fighters such as the retired eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, as well as MMA fighters including one of the greatest MMA fighters in UFC history, George St. Pierre.
In his recent interview with Fight Hub TV, Roach stated that he was contacted by people who claimed to be from Conor McGregor’s camp over the possibility of training and coaching for the rumored superfight against retired boxing star Floyd MayWeather, but the phone call was later discovered to be a prank.
“They asked me about training Mcgregor this morning,” Roach told Fight Hub TV via the Inquirer, but declined to reveal who exactly he had talked to. “If he comes, he comes. I’ll help.
But I’m not going to train him to fight [Floyd] Mayweather.”
“I have to train him for at least three years to get him ready for Mayweather.”
Report said that Roach has laughed off the idea of preparing the Irishman to take on retired boxing star Floyd MayWeather, saying that he needs at least three years to do that kind of job. But Roach later admitted that he would be open to the idea of working with the mixed-martial-arts superstar Conor McGregor.
Right now, it is still unclear whether the said conversation would actually be for the rumored superfight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., which both camps have already given credence to.
“No [talk of Mayweather], just to train him,” Roach told BoxingScene.com, via the Inquirer.
Roach, who also trained UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, is a little doubtful of McGregor’s skills as a boxer, and has went on to dismiss the idea that the Irishman would be able to make a smooth transition into the world of boxing.
“They are two totally different sports. If an MMA fighter comes up to me and gets me to the ground, I don’t know how to get submission holds,” Roach explained, via the Fox Sports Asia.
“I won’t quit, He will have to break my arm before I tap-out, but I will have a broken arm though.
“In boxing, we are not allowed to quit. In MMA you are allowed to surrender. That’s the big difference also.
“I don’t like the ground game, I like the stand-up game better. The most exciting part about MMA or the UFC is the stand-up. That’s just the way it is.”
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