Freddie Roach has confirmed that he received a call from Conor McGregor’s camp requesting that he trains the Irish UFC star.
Roach is well known for being one of the greatest boxing trainers of all time.
Most notably, he has worked with the likes of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division world champion Miguel Cotto, and former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez.
— Freddie Roach (@FreddieRoach) April 10, 2016
As rumours continue to circulate regarding a potential super fight between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, on Wednesday Roach revealed that McGregor’s camp had contacted him.
“They asked me if I would train McGregor this morning (Wednesday),” Roach said in an interview with Fight Hub TV.
“I gave the phone to Marie (who is Roach’s assistant), I said ‘take this.’ She said ‘will you train him?’ I said ‘yeah, tell him to show up.’
“If he comes, he comes, I’ll help him. I like helping people.”
However, Roach was quick to point out that he would not be willing to shoulder the responsibility of preparing the Notorious to fight Mayweather.
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— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 8, 2016
“I am not going to train him to fight Mayweather. I have to train him for at least three years to get him ready for Mayweather. He’s a bit green!” Roach declared.
“He is good at MMA but boxing, I don’t know.
“If he comes, I will help him for sure.
“If he needs help in boxing that it is all I can help him with though. I was once a bit of a wrestler, but not a good one.”
When pressed on what he thought the outcome would be if the pair met, Roach gave an objective, unbiased answer.
“Let’s face it, if you fight boxing rules, the boxer will win,” Roach remarked.
“If you fight MMA rules, the MMA fighter will win.
“Its just the way it is.”
Roach went on to dismiss the idea that McGregor would be able to make a smooth transition into boxing.
“They are two totally different sports. If an MMA fighter comes up to me and gets me to the ground, I don’t know how to get submission holds,” Roach explained.
“I won’t quit, He will have to break my arm before I tap-out, but I will have a broken arm though.
“In boxing, we are not allowed to quit. In MMA you are allowed to surrender. That’s the big difference also.
“I don’t like the ground game, I like the stand-up game better. The most exciting part about MMA or the UFC is the stand-up. That’s just the way it is.”