I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for interviews with legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach. He’s one of the sports good guys, always has good insights to share and it’s always fascinating to hear him give his thoughts on the boxing credentials of some of mixed martial arts biggest stars.
Here’s what he had to say about GSP, Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz during an interview with MMANation this week.
“He’ll let that heal up and then get back at it. A year-and-a-half off anyone’s prime is worrisome and a layoff that long is worrisome to fighters because activity is really good for them. But he’s a very disciplined guy and mentally very strong. He’ll come back.”
“Right now, Anderson Silva [is the best boxer in MMA]. He’s had six pro fights in his home country. He knows how to measure distance and time really well. He’s a little ahead of the guys on that. But sometimes he only fights to his ability, you know? Or he fights as hard as he has to, so sometimes he doesn’t take guys out when he probably can and he should, but he lets them last a little longer.”
“People tell me he is a good boxer. I tell them no, he’s not a good boxer, he’s good with his hands though. Boxers use footwork and so forth. He has no footwork whatsoever. He just fights in straight lines. He’s very accurate with his punches though.”
Watch the full interview with Roach, who corners boxing sensation Amir Khan this weekend, below.