Freddie Roach Declined to Corner Georges St-Pierre for UFC 124

Written by Tom Ngo
December 10th, 2010

Freddie Roach Boxing MMA Coach

Welterweight king Georges St-Pierre has professed all the livelong day that he will finish Josh Koscheck at UFC 124. Unfortunately for GSP, the man that played a key role in his improved stand-up game will be MIA inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“Yes, they want me to go to Montreal and they want me to work the corner in some fights and so forth,” Freddie Roach told FightHubTV.com. “I respect all sports. If I can make someone a better fighter, I don’t care if it’s MMA, UFC, Manny Pacquiao, it doesn’t matter to me.

“That’s what I live for.”

The famed boxing coach would love nothing more than to whisper sweet nothings in St-Pierre’s ear in between rounds this Saturday, but Roach’s dance card was filled up a long time ago.

“He wants me to go to his fight and work his corner over in Montreal,” Roach stated. “Unfortunately, I have Amir Khan and those guys fighting on the same day [in Las Vegas], so I can’t make it. I wish him the best. He’s a great student.”

The world’s top 170-pounder may have picked up Roach’s techniques quickly, but it will be up to the 29-year-old to showcase his refined striking. St-Pierre hasn’t unleashed a SportsCenter-esque highlight since jamming his knees into Matt Serra’s ribcage at UFC 83 back in August 2008.

Although he has rattled off seven straight landslide victories en route to reclaiming the crown, there is a fine line between Great and G.O.A.T. Posting convincing conclusions will typically take care of that.

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