Freddie Roach is one of the most respected trainers in the boxing world, so when he outlines a gameplan for you, it’s probably a good idea to listen…
If you’ve followed the lead-up to tonight’s Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor bout, then you know plenty of fighters, coaches and pundits have weighed in on the contest. Not surprisingly, many personalities from the boxing world have outright dismissed that McGregor has any real shot of scoring a win. But, from within the MMA world, there’s a narrative that McGregor could indeed, hand Mayweather his first loss.
“They shouldn’t go try to outbox [Mayweather],” Roach said, “because he has way to much experience, and the thing is, I think for [McGregor] to win, he has to be aggressive, put him on the ropes, if a headbutt or an elbow slip in there, I think he should fight him a little bit rough. He has to try to take Mayweather out of his gameplan. If you let him box, he’ll box your ears off all night long.”
Sounds like a plan right? But what is Roach expecting? And does he think the fight could be competitive?
“I think we’re going to see a fight. McGregor is coming to fight. He has two arms, he throws his fists very well, he’s got a big left hand, and he’s not a ground guy so much. He knows the ground game, of course, but he also knows boxing because he spars at my Wildcard West (gym), he spars with a couple of my fighters all the time over there…
“[Mayweather] is a very good boxer, yes, but you can’t just count McGregor out completely because one punch can change everything.”
We shall see soon enough. What a crazy night this could be. Can McGregor record the biggest upset win in boxing history?
Mayweather – McGregor will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.