The bizarre statement on the boxing technique of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor came during an interview with FightHype.
Though the talk of ‘The Notorious’ one fighting Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring has died down since its crescendo earlier this year, the crossover talk has maintained pace.
Asked if he would help train Conor McGregor in the sweet science to take on Mayweather back in May, Roach had this to say.
“He seems like a tough guy and all that but being a tough guy doesn’t really help you in boxing… I mean, he looks like an okay boxer, he’s a very good MMA fighter but the thing is this is boxing and he’s kind of a beginner at boxing. It probably would take me almost three years to get him ready for a fight against a guy like Mayweather.”
Manny Pacquiao was yesterday asked by FightHype.com if a boxing match with McGregor would interest him as it does many of his peers, with the Filipino legend replying in the affirmative despite not appearing all too familiar with the Irishman.
Roach – the long-time trainer of Pacquiao, was incredulous when the possibility of his charge fighting Conor in the squared circle was raised.
His remarkable comment on McGregor’s boxing acumen is summed up by what immediately follows as he references the UFC 202 win over Nate Diaz – in which the Dubliner floored the Californian on three occasions.
“He punches like a girl….that’s why he couldn’t hurt the other gu-well, he did knock him down three times”, said Roach.
“Diaz is usually a bit tougher than that. I think the Irish boy won that fight, but a lot of people tell me he lost.”