22
Oct
2020

Roach says Mayweather told him McGregor fight will happen, won’t count UFC champion out

Stacey Verbeek

Freddie Roach convinced a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is on the cards…and why? – Because the ‘Money’ man said so.

Roach was speaking to the MMA Hour about the possibility of the two squaring up, although revealed a gym meeting with Mayweather at which the former pound for pound king revealed all.

“Floyd actually came to my gym and told me, Freddie, I hear Conor talked to you.’ And I told him that he never has. He said, ‘If he reaches out and wants you to train him, I would take that job because I am going to fight him and we can all make a lot of money,’” Roach told The MMA Hour.

“So, according to Mayweather, yes, he said he was going to fight him and everything is pointing in that direction. Everything’s pointing in the right direction. He will have his hands full with a boxer like Floyd, but he’s sell-able and making noise.”

On whether McGregor has a chance of victory in the fight, which could take place at the end of 2017 or early in 2018, Roach added: “Well, he is a pretty good striker. The thing is, Floyd is a great boxer. He is good at hitting and not getting hit.

“It would take a long time for Conor to get ready for a pure boxing match, But, one punch can change anything, so I am not going to count him out completely.

“Mayweather is the favorite, yes, but I will never count anyone out. He (McGregor) throws, he throws hard and he’s not afraid to throw,” he continued. “I like that about him. He’s sell-able, and he makes me laugh. But, when that bell rings he better be ready because he is fighting one of the best boxers of his era.”