Manny Pacquiao’s trainer isn’t exactly looking at Conor McGregor as a threat.
Pacquiao hasn’t competed since July 20, 2019. He handed Keith Thurman the first loss of his pro boxing career via split decision. In the process, Pacquiao captured the WBA (Super) Welterweight Title.
McGregor, a former UFC “champ-champ,” has claimed that he will have a boxing match with Pacquiao in the Middle East. Here’s what the “Notorious” one said on Twitter.
“I was pushing hard for the season. Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout. All to take place back to back. Then when COVID hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I was waiting long enough at that stage. Anyway, all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”
If the matchup does indeed come to fruition, Roach isn’t convinced that McGregor can give his fighter any trouble.
— Freddie Roach (@FreddieRoach) September 25, 2020
“If this is true, Manny Pacquiao will have an easier time with Conor Mcgregor than when he fought Ricky Hatton.”
McGregor had a boxing match back in August 2017. He took on Floyd Mayweather in what was dubbed the “Money Fight.” Mayweather ended up earning his 50th career win via 10th-round TKO.
In terms of combat sports as a whole, McGregor was last seen in action back in January. He took on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246. McGregor defeated Cerrone in 40 seconds via TKO. It was McGregor’s first victory since November 2016.