It’s easy to become desensitized to the constant rumors surrounding a potential Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight, but legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach revealed recently that Mayweather advised him to train McGregor — the latest indication that the megafight could soon become a reality.
On Tuesday’s episode of "Undisputed," Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless discussed the potential bout, and Bayless argued that the latest development is simply another example of Mayweather desperately trying to remain relevant.
Freddie Roach: Mayweather told me he’s going to fight McGregor
“Floyd actually came to my gym and told me ‘Freddie, I heard that Conor had talked to you,’ and I said, ‘No, he never has,’" Roach said on the MMA Hour Monday.
“But he said, ‘If he reaches out to you and wants you to train him,’ he says ‘I would take that job, because I am going to fight him,’ and he says ‘we can all make a lot of money.’
So according to Mayweather, yes, he told me he would fight him. Everything is pointing in that direction right now."
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Shannon: There’s too much money to be made for this fight to not happen
"There’s a simple creed in professional sports or any business: If it makes dollars, it makes sense. … This makes plenty of dollars, and it makes a lot of sense. Because let’s just say when Floyd Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao, it did 4.4 million buys. Over $400 million in pay-per-view dollars, and the gate was $72 million.
You’re looking at this fight, because now you’ve got the UFC, that’s die-hard that wants to see Conor. You’ve got the boxing fans in Floyd. A lot of people are going to watch [because] ‘I want to see Floyd get his butt kicked.’ A lot of people are going to watch, ‘I want to see Conor get his butt kicked.’ Now let's see what these styles are going to do stylistically, because they’re totally different. And that’s why the UFC came to be. What would a karate guy do against a boxer? What would a wrestler do against a Muay Thai fighter?"
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Skip: This bout is too risky for Floyd
"I’ve got one big question for you. Does 49-1 make dollars and sense? Does that make sense? ... I am going to tell you again what is going on here: This is classic Floyd May-or-May-not-weather, and it’s going to be may not.
He’s doing it again. He’s dropping hints. He’s telling Freddie Roach, ‘Get ready to train him,’ because he knows Freddie will spread this news like it’s fertilizer. And he knows, Floyd does, that he can now lead people to believe this fight is this close to happening. And when it gets that close, in the end Floyd will bow out and he will make the excuse that Conor McGregor is making ‘outrageous, unrealistic demands.’He does it every time, because he wants no part of Conor McGregor."
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Skip: Mayweather is a has-been trying to stay in the spotlight
"He cannot risk this. He cannot risk losing to some MMA fighter and going 49-1 and having his legacy tarnished and tainted, with the disgrace of losing to Conor McGregor. Can you imagine what it would be to Floyd’s career? He doesn’t need this. Do you realize Floyd May-or-May-not-weather is about to turn 40 on Friday and Conor McGregor is still 28 years of age?
Floyd May-or-May-not-weather is about to become a has-been. And what he is doing right now, he is using Conor McGregor to stay relevant. Because no one really cares about his Hermes bag or whatever it is. ... That’s about all he’s got going right now."
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Skip: McGregor would hurt Mayweather
“He is using Conor McGregor to keep Floyd’s name in the news. He wants no part of this because he’s too shrewd to want a part of this. Because he sees Conor McGregor, as Freddie Roach will be the first to tell you, has punching power. I think he has punching power that Floyd hasn’t seen before.
And I believe that Conor McGregor is the baddest man on the planet, and that Floyd sees it and knows he’s just crazy enough to hang in with that little rat-a-tat, gnats on the windshield kind of punches, the pillow fight that is now Floyd Mayweather Jr. Until finally Conor McGregor would land that one big rock of a shot that would drop Floyd May-or-May-not-weather to the canvas. And he’d get hurt, he’d get cut by this guy."
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Shannon: Floyd Mayweather is the real draw in this fight
"What Freddie Roach said yesterday, it legitimizes Conor McGregor, because there’s only a few people he can go to and get legitimate boxing knowledge. Freddie Roach, John David Jackson, Naazim Richardson. ...
So now, Floyd says, ‘Hold on, Freddie. This gonna happen. I’m going to make me about 5, 600 mil on this. Man you better train Conor McGregor and get yourself $5-10 million of this money because it’s going to happen, and you need to be a part of this.’
You noticed I said when Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fought at the MGM, the gate was 72 million dollars. Conor McGregor fought at Madison Square Garden, 20,000-seat arena. Made $17.7. So you and Dana White doing all that huffing and puffing and talking about ‘Conor McGregor’s a draw … ’"