The Hall of Fame coach has somehow found himself involved in the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor talk as he told InsideMMA.
It all began when UFC champion Conor McGregor appeared to contact Roach in order to seek help training for a sensational boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
They asked me if I would train McGregor this morning,” Roach said at the time. I said ‘tell him to show up’. If he comes, he comes. I like helping people”.
It turns out that the trainer to stars such as Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao was the victim of a prank. Nonetheless, he told Mauro Ranallo and Bas Rutten of AXS TV Fights that the other protagonist of the ‘billion dollar fight’ had indeed contacted him.
“Mayweather did come out to my [Wild Card] gym last week, and he asked me to take that job if it’s offered”, said Roach.
“He told me the fight’s gonna happen, and we’re gonna make a lot of money. I told Mayweather that it would take me at least three years to get him ready to fight you. Conor McGregor’s a tough guy, but being a tough guy doesn’t really help you much! He looks like an OK boxer, but he’s almost like a beginner.”
Dates such as May 2017 and a stupidly ambitious September 17th, 2016 have been mooted as possible times for the fight to take place, but Roach hasn’t been informed of any by ‘TBE’. He did have an update on Mayweather’s apparent training regiment, though.
“I do know that Floyd’s been training at one of my gyms, and he’s been sparring with some of my professional fighters, and I hear he’s not doing too well with my professionals.”
One gets the feeling that having failed to conquer ‘Money’ on no less than three occasions (with Cotto, Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya), Roach secretly hopes that he could help ‘The Notorious’ achieve the impossible.