Two weeks out from the biggest sporting event of the year, Conor McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy has made a bold claim about the Irishman’s chances against Floyd Mayweather on August 26.
The SBG trainer has been an ever-present part of the training team that has seen McGregor go from a raw MMA fighter to the sport’s biggest star and is, therefore, as good a person as any to give their assessment of how the UFC lightweight champion is positioned ahead of his boxing debut against Mayweather.
Unanimously dismissed by the boxing fraternity, McGregor is seen as easy pickings for the former pound-for-pound king. In any reality, what chance does a boxing debutant have against a 49-0 professional?
According to Roddy, McGregor has more than a chance. In fact, the belief coming from the Irishman’s training camp is that not only will the UFC star shock the boxing world, but that he would do so even if Mayweather was in his prime.
Speaking to MMAJunkie, Roddy is frank about what Mayweather will face in two weeks time.
“He’s one of the best to ever do it, but it doesn’t matter what Floyd comes.
“The Floyd of ten years ago or the Floyd today, it doesn’t matter. Conor will still do the same things to either one of them. Conor just brings too much to the table.
“Every fight champ Conor improved so much. We’re in a boxing camp now but it’s the same old story. Day by day he improves so much, he becomes twice the competitor he was the day before. It’s always an enjoyable process to watch him and watch him develop.”
Following both fighters’ open gym sessions in recent days, many from the boxing world have been vocally dismissive of McGregor once again, and the same rings true from the Irishman’s camp following Mayweather’s own open session.
“For me, honestly, I thought it was a bit messy. He didn’t do much. He hit the bag a couple of times and talked. He did pushups and talked. It wasn’t very structure or anything like that.
“It’s similar to what he’s done every other time. At the end of the day, we’ve already watched everything we need to watch on Floyd. We watched hundreds of hours of tape, and we’ve got what we needed.”
Ominous words from Roddy. On August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the world will find out if his prediction becomes reality.