Georges St-Pierre’s Former Coach Wanted 'GSP' To Fight Floyd Mayweather And Explained What Would Happen In A Boxing Clash
Legendary trainer Firas Zahabi tried to convince UFC legend Georges St-Pierre to fight Floyd Mayweather in a blockbuster boxing match.
The 38-year-old Canadian star, who announced his retirement from MMA in February, was a former two-division UFC champ and widely regarded as the finest MMA fighter in history.
And Tristar Gym trainer Zahabi, who was the future UFC Hall of Famer's longtime coach, admitted that he wanted 'GSP' to step into a boxing ring with Mayweather.
"I want Georges to fight Mayweather," he said on The Joe Rogan Experience in 2018.
"I keep bothering Georges, 'You fight Mayweather. You fight him.'
"He's like, 'It's crazy.' I know it's crazy."
Zahabi also touched on the idea of what would happen if 'Rush' clashed with Mayweather inside the squared circle.
The UFC legend's former coach believes that the fight would have taken place at catchweight.
But Zahabi insisted that the undefeated Mayweather would have to effectively find a way to handle Georges' "volume and reach."
He explained: "They'll fight at a catchweight.
"Do you think Mayweather is worried that he's going to be concussed?
"He's fought all the top punchers in the world.
"He's just going to have to worry about Georges' volume and reach, but he can handle himself, and Georges can handle himself.
"But the whole world is going to tune into that one."
While Zahabi was keen for the fight to move ahead, 'GSP' shot down the idea and didn't want to fight someone smaller than him.
"I'm like, 'Georges do it,'" Zahabi recalled.
"But Georges doesn't want to fight a smaller guy, doesn't want to call out a smaller guy.
"So it's going to have to come from Mayweather. It's going to have to come from him."
Legendary trainer Freddie Roach worked with 'GSP' for his return fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in 2017.
And Roach, 59, believes that the Canadian's boxing skills would have handed him an advantage in a dream clash with UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Mayweather, 42, last fought in a professional boxing match against UFC superstar Conor McGregor in 2017.
But 'Money' stunned fans on Friday after he announced that he is "coming out of retirement in 2020."
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