Freddie Roach: I Can’t Help McGregor vs. Mayweather
The boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor may never take place, but it has gone from pipedream to distinct possibility. One of the questions surrounding the hypothetical fight: can McGregor improve his boxing to even be competitive with Floyd? Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is not optimistic.
In an interview with Fight Hub TV, Roach was asked if he would be willing to help McGregor prepare for Mayweather.
"I don’t know if I can really make any difference with him," Roach said. "He’s taught a different sport…I just don’t think it’s going to happen."
Roach, who has trained a number of elite fighters including Manny Pacquiao, says that McGregor only appears to have superior boxing talent because he is in the cage with subpar boxers.
"He’s not the greatest boxer in the world," Roach continued. "He’s in there with guys that don’t know how to box either. And he’s a better puncher than they are, but the thing is – that doesn’t make you a good boxer, just because you knock guys out. He’s wild with his shots, he will let his hands go. He’s very sellable, he’s very funny, he’s a character. I think he brings a lot to the table in his sport, and he better stay right where he is."
While Roach says that McGregor has not reached out to him about training for the fight, the UFC lightweight champion had stopped by the famous Wild Card gym to get some training done. There, he sparred with South African boxer Chris Van Heerden, and Roach says that the results don’t bode well for McGregor’s chances in the ring with real pros.
"He was at Wild Card West, Chris Van Heerden tattooed him I heard. But that’s just rumors, I wasn’t there. Ask Chris."
Welterweight contender Chris Van Heerden did indeed spar with McGregor ahead of the Irishman’s rematch with Nate Diaz, and the South African boxer has not been complimentary towards McGregor’s ability to keep up with him in the ring.
"It wasn’t that I tried to beat him up, or he beat me up. It was just easy to see who is the better boxer," Van Heerden told USA Today Sports, adding that he wants a crack at McGregor in a real fight rather than an informal setting.