Just a few days away from what many believe could be the biggest fight in the history of combat sports, the vast majority of the boxing community are giving Conor McGregor little to no chance of taking victory from undefeated pound-for-pound boxing great, Floyd Mayweather.
Owen Roddy, McGregor’s striking coach, believes that the lines of support were drawn when the fight was announced.
“It’s all part and parcel of it at this stage,” Roddy told MMAFighting.com, reacting to the backlash McGregor’s workout received.
“Everyone picked their side when the fight was announced, no matter what you do, they’re going to stick with their side. To be honest, that’s always the case.”
The SBG coach thinks that McGregor has slowly turned the tide, convincing more and more fans that he is capable of defeating Mayweather as he approaches the fight.
He also claimed that the magnitude of the challenge is making the Dubliner work harder than ever to prove his doubters wrong.
“People were on the fence about this, even in the MMA community, but when you see what he’s doing, the work rate and the effort that he puts in – it’s hard not to believe that he can do this,” Roddy said. “Even just speaking to him you can tell that this isn’t a payday. This about proving people wrong and proving that he can do what many people feel is impossible.
“The thing is, with Conor, he proves people wrong all the time. He always sets himself these targets of doing the impossible. Nobody gives him a chance and then they hear him speak and they see what he’s doing, then they become believers. It happens every camp.
“The magnitude of this fight has made him rise to the occasion. He has done that time and time again. This is the biggest fight of his career and because of that we have a bigger, stronger, faster and more confident Conor.”
Roddy also agrees that Mayweather represents McGregor’s biggest challenge yet.
“The bigger the task, the more motivated he gets to prove people wrong. There is no one else on earth that sets themselves tasks like Conor does.
“This is the biggest task of Conor’s career to date and that’s driving him harder than ever. He knows he can do it again and so do all of us. He has done this time and time again and the outcome will be the same on Aug. 26.”
Given McGregor’s history and what he has seen from him in the lead up to the Mayweather bout, Roddy has every confidence “The Notorious” can get the job done next Saturday.
“We’ve been doing this for four years now. Every time what Conor does blows me away. I’ve seen firsthand what Conor has been doing in this camp and I know that he’s capable of knocking Mayweather out.
“There is no doubt in my mind. If everyone saw Conor in the gym, they would believe too.
“We reached different milestones throughout the camp. We’ve gone from amateur boxers to pro boxers, all the way up to world-class boxers. After seeing what he has done at each step of the way you just can’t doubt him. It removes all doubt from the equation.”
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