Last spring, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing reports were just heating up, and one of the rumored names around McGregor's camp was famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
Roach has opposed Mayweather several times as a trainer with all of his fighters having fallen, but his experience against the self-proclaimed "Best Ever" would be a valuable asset to McGregor or any future Mayweather opponent.
Just a few days after the May 2016 report, Roach made it clear that he was not going to prep McGregor for a potential fight against Mayweather, but McGregor did in fact spar with a few of the boxers at his gym.
McGregor has had his struggles, which is to be expected, but now he's a year more experienced, and focused solely on a boxing match.
Can Conor McGregor close the gap between himself and Mayweather? Only time will tell, but even Roach admits that it'd be ill-advised for anyone to count McGregor out entirely.
“But, ya know, one punch can change everything. It’s the sport we’re in. I’m not gonna count him out completely," said Roach. "I think Mayweather is the favorite, yes, but I wouldn’t count anyone out. Because he throws, he throws hard, and he’s not afraid to throw.”
McGregor's left hand punch has been the catalyst for a few of the UFC's greatest knockouts and there's always a chance it transitions to the boxing ring.