Froch gave up the IBF super-middleweight belt on Monday leaving DeGale to fight for the vacant title in London in April, most likely against American Andre Dirrell.
But McDonnell is confident his man is the best in the 168lbs division and had a gameplan in place to end Froch’s reign, admitting he would have loved to have taken on The Cobra.
“I will genuinely say I would have liked it to be Carl Froch,” he told Toe 2 Toe.
“It is a big domestic fight and style-wise and with everything else, it would’ve got so much kudos. It would’ve been incredible.
“Obviously we’ve seen Carl box for years, being British, so there are no surprises really. James had to be what he is, himself, and we were very confident.
“But Carl is doing what he’s doing and I wish him all the best.”