Several former champions have been to Wild Card Boxing Club, which Freddie Roach founded more than 20 years ago, but not all of them trained there. In fact, Floyd Mayweather has been there twice and hasn’t lifted a finger.
“He just wanted to say hi and he came by the gym,” Roach said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It was a little bit odd, but he’s okay. He’s very polite, he’s very quiet, he’s always very nice to me. Then he came to the gym once when I was in Russia and he wanted to see some of the pros sparring downstairs in my private gym, so I said, ’Let him in.’ They took him down there and he was very respectful.
“So he’s been by my gym twice now,” Roach continued, “and he told me he wanted to fight McGregor. And he told me if McGregor calls you to train him, take that job. He said, ‘I am going to fight him.’”
Roach, however, isn’t convinced that a Mayweather/McGregor matchup is in the cards.
“I don’t think it will happen,” he said, “but like I said, it would take me three years to get Conor ready. He’s a completely different sport.”
In other words, McGregor is a great MMA fighter, but as a boxer, he sucks?
“Basically,” Roach said.