‘I have no doubt in my mind he’ll beat Floyd Mayweather' - Conor McGregor's boxing coach Owen Roddy
Conor McGregor's striking coach Owen Roddy has said that he has no doubt in his mind that McGregor can beat undefeated five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
McGregor will fight Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on August 26th in a fight that is being billed as the 'biggest fight of all time', with early financial estimations indicating that the fight can generate in excess of $500 million (€448 million) in total revenue.
McGregor is expected to net around $100 million (€90 million) for his part in the fight, but his boxing coach Owen Roddy believes that the Dubliner has a legitimate shot at beating Mayweather who holds an undefeated boxing record of 49-0.
"He 100% believes he's going to win and we believe he's going to win," Roddy told The MMA Hour on Monday.
"On paper it's a tall task but if anybody can do it Conor can. He shocks the world every time. Every time he fights he's doubted, and people are like 'he can't do this, he can't do that' but believe me, I think he's going to do it."
Roddy confirmed that he will be cornering McGregor for the fight alongside the UFC fighter's MMA coach John Kavanagh and his training partner Artem Lobov, but that he still has yet to decide on a cutman for the bout.
The SBG Charlestown coach added that McGregor and his camp would not be bringing in any outside trainers from boxing for the fight but that that stance may change in the weeks and months ahead.
The former MMA fighter said that McGregor's range and stance as a southpaw could cause Mayweather some problems in the fight and that their gameplan will be predicated around those two factors.
"We've looked at all the southpaw fights obviously, and this is no breaking news or anything, everybody knows that he struggles a bit more with the southpaws," added Roddy.
"Obviously Conor being a tall rangy southpaw, we believe that there is shots that can land.
"We have a gameplan and I think Conor can go in and execute, and if he does, I think we can cause the upset."
McGregor was a Dublin Novice Champion under Phil Sutcliffe Sr. as a 16-year-old, however, last year a video emerged of the UFC Lightweight champion sparring 25-2 South African boxer Chris Van Heerden.
Van Heerden appeared to get the better of McGregor in the widely circulated footage, while Freddie Roach, one of boxing's most revered trainers, said that 'McGregor got beat up a bit' by Van Heerden at his Wildcard West boxing gym.
Roddy said that he imagined McGregor was just 'playing about' in the video and that the footage released may have been selective.
"People can put out what clips they want, where they look good or where the other person looks good, I mean if that's what you're looking at to make an adjustment or make a prediction on Conor's ability to box, then that's good for us.
"If they think Conor is going to come in and be sluggish and out of depth, he won't be.
"I know it's Mayweather, I know it's the best defensive boxer, pound-for-pound one of the greatest to do it, but Conor is unique, and he's special, and he does it all the time and I honestly believe he's going to do it again."
Roddy said that McGregor and company will head to the United States to continue their training camp and that Las Vegas has been touted as a possible location for the camp.