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Freddie Roach Weighs-in on Conor McGregor’s Chances Against Floyd Mayweather

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Freddie Roach is one of the most respected and accomplished trainers in boxing, so, not surprisingly, he’s been asked to weigh-in on Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor. Like many other figures from the boxing world, Roach doesn’t think the UFC champ has much of a chance, at handing Mayweather his first pro defeat.

Since talk of Mayweather – McGregor began, observers, fighters and coaches throughout combat sports have been asked for their thoughts on the match-up. The consensus seems to be that McGregor has a puncher’s chance against Mayweather, but that’s about it. That said, in recent weeks, more people have argued that McGregor has a decent shot at defeating the boxing star.

Well, recently Roach was interviewed by Villianfy Media, and he had this to say about McGregor’s chances against Mayweather (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):

It’s gonna be a difficult transition, obviously, because he’s used to fighting in… U… eh, MMA rules and now he’s going to the boxing rules. And he’s gonna be, I think it’s gonna be really uncomfortable for him and maybe difficult for him. But… and he’s going against one of the best boxers of all time. I mean, he’s, look at his record. You can’t deny that he’s one of the best boxers of all time. And he, um… I think he’s in over his head. But he’ll try hard, though. He looks like he’s very brave, and he looks like he trains hard, at least for this fight.

And um, you know, we’ll see what happens. I mean, he’s, you know, it’s a combat sport, it’s what we’re in, and Mayweather knows how to fight and he’s a great boxer. And, um… I can’t see the other guy… I can’t see Mayweather losing. But that’s just my opinion at this point.

Roach was also asked for his thoughts on the much discussed, sparring footage of McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi. Roach credited McGregor for landing his left on Malignaggi, but stopped short of praising the technique in the vid…

McGregor and Mayweather are going to box on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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