Freddie Roach: St-Pierre vs. Silva is the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather of MMA

By Steven Marrocco

Count boxing guru Freddie Roach among those who can’t wait to see UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (21-2 MMA, 15-2 UFC) fight middleweight champion Anderson Silva (27-4 MMA, 12-0 UFC).

After watching boxing’s biggest fight go the way of the dodo bird, the trainer, who’s been a fistic consultant for both champs, thinks it’s the biggest possible draw for MMA.

“It’s Pacquiao-Mayweather in MMA,” Roach told UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan on this week’s episode of “UFC Ultimate Insider.” “It’s one guy going up in weight to fight the bigger and better – supposedly better – guy.”

Roach, who’s trained some of boxing’s biggest stars including multi-division champ Manny Pacquiao, knows about the heartache that comes with lost opportunity. After endless months of rumors about a possible megafight between Pacquiao and welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather, he gave an interview this past November in which he said the fight would never happen.

To see a meeting of MMA greats in their prime must be a small consolation.

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