Freddie Roach has revealed he recently had a visit from Floyd Mayweather asking him to consider training Conor McGregor.
A crossover bout between the boxing superstar and UFC featherweight champion McGregor has been talked up by both fighters for months, with Mayweather posting a mock-up poster on Instagram on Monday teasing a fight between the pair on pay-per-view.
And it seems the 39-year-old has also taken it upon himself to recruit a trainer for McGregor for his potential foray into boxing, with Roach revealing Mayweather visited him at his famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles to discuss the possibility.
Roach told Inside MMA on AXS TV: “There are a lot of rumours out there that I’m getting calls from Conor, asking me to train him; they’re not true.
“He has not called me yet but Mayweather did come by my gym last week and he asked me to take that job if it’s offered to me.
“He told me the fight is going to happen and we’re going to make a lot of money.”
If McGregor were to seek out a boxing trainer and chose to look outside Ireland, Roach stands out as a natural candidate given his past experience working with a host of UFC fighters, including Andrei Arlovski, Anderson Silva, Tito Ortiz, BJ Penn and Georges St-Pierre.
He also possesses intimate knowledge of what it’s like to face Mayweather, having trained both Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao for their bouts against him.
McGregor spent time last week in Los Angeles, after flying out to shoot a spread for ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’.
While there, he took the opportunity to spar some professional boxers but Roach heard less than favourable reports on how he fared.
“Conor McGregor seems like a tough guy and all that but being a tough guy doesn’t really help you in boxing,” Roach said.
“But I do know that he’s trained at Wild Card West which is one of my gyms on the west side and he’s sparring with a couple of my professional fighters over there and I hear he’s not doing that well with my professionals.
“Mayweather is the best boxer in the world and I think he would absolutely not even lose a round against a guy with Conor’s experience. 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.”
One of the boxers who sparred with McGregor while he was in California was South African Chris van Heerden.
The former IBO welterweight champion said he was impressed by McGregor’s skillset but feels he would have little chance against a boxer of Mayweather’s calibre.