Roach: Conor Stands No Chance Against Manny
Freddie Roach doesn’t think Manny Pacquiao’s instagram post was the fighter making a challenge to Conor McGregor.
Instead, Pacquiao’s trainer thinks it might’ve been someone who works with the Filipino legend that actually issued a playful challenge to the UFC superstar through Pacquiao’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts. Nevertheless, Roach predicted McGregor wouldn’t stand much of a chance if the two were ever to face one another.
“Well, you know, it’s really unlike Manny to call anyone out,” Roach said during CompuBox TV’s “Inside Boxing Live” podcast Monday night.
“I don’t know who was behind that, but it was done and I saw that. And I think it’s a good fight for Manny. It’s an easy fight for Manny. I don’t think too highly of McGregor as a boxer and, you know, I think Manny would destroy him. You know, the thing is, can he beat him like Mayweather did, and then maybe get Mayweather back in the picture.”
Pacquiao lost a controversial, 12-round unanimous decision to Australia’s Jeff Horn in his last fight on July 2nd in Brisbane, Horn’s hometown.
McGregor’s last fight was a loss via technical-knockout to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his pro boxing debut. McGregor, 29, hasn’t committed to participating in another boxing match.
Roach, who works with UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre, has yet to watch Mayweather’s defeat of McGregor, nor does he think he needs to.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t watch the fight,” Roach said.
“I had Miguel Cotto fighting that night [in an easy win over Yoshihiro Kamegai]. I was working and I had no reason to tape that fight because it was a guy trying to beat the record of everyone else in boxing, fighting a guy with an 0-0-0 record. I mean, I don’t think that fight should’ve even been sanctioned, to be honest with you.”