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Freddie Roach On Conor McGregor’s Boxing Technique: ‘He Is Not That Good Of A Fighter’

UFC 205 Open Workouts, Madison Square Garden, New York City 9/11/2016 Conor McGregor with Striking Coach Owen Roddy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tom Hogan

Freddie Roach has backtracked on comments he recently made about the potential boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. 

The legendary boxing coach had recently refused to rule out the idea that McGregor had a chance in the ring with the former pound for pound king.

While admitting that ‘The Notorious’ would ‘have his hands full with a boxer like Floyd’, in an interview with MMAFighting.com in February, Roach went on to express that he felt the Irishman would be more likely to cause an upset than what most of the wider boxing community believe.

“He is a pretty good striker… ya know, one punch can change everything. It’s the sport we’re in. I’m not gonna count him out completely. I think Mayweather is the favourite, yes, but I wouldn’t count anyone out. Because he throws, he throws hard, and he’s not afraid to throw.”

However, the hall of famer, who has trained boxing stars Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto as well as UFC legend George Saint-Pierre, this week appeared to make a complete U-turn on his previous assessment of the potential bout.

Freddie Roach.

Speaking to FightHypeTV (via the Irish Independent), Roach admits that he now sees no risk whatsoever for Mayweather, whose undefeated (49-0, 26 KO) record would be on the line.

“Mayweather is not a risk-taker anymore and is not the most exciting guy in the world, but he is still a great boxer. And McGregor cannot beat guys like that, in my opinion.”

Roach concedes he is a fan of the UFC lightweight champion’s aura and charisma, but he has now altered his views on the prospect of McGregor coming away with a victory that would truly shake the world, taking aim at the Dubliner’s skill set.

“I’d love to see it, as McGregor is so fun to watch.

“He is a character but he is not that good of a fighter. He will let his hands go and so forth and is a little wild.”

While these words will hardly ruffle many feathers within team McGregor, it is interesting to note that there were reports circulating that Roach was being lined up to assist the MMA fighter in his preparations for the mega fight.

It would be safe enough to assume that the American will not be receiving any invitations to the Irishman’s fight camp after his latest comments.

Aaron Ward, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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