Georges St-Pierre may not be sure if he wants to return to mixed martial arts just yet, but he’s certain on what would need to happen if he makes a comeback anytime soon.
One of his needs? A legendary boxing coach in his corner.
“I said to [Freddie Roach] that if I ever come back, I’m going to want him in my corner,” St-Pierre said on The MMA Hour. “Otherwise I would not come back. I needed [Roach] and he’s a big part of my game now. I think he’s the best in the world at what he does. I want him to be more involved with me.”
St-Pierre has long trained in Montreal, working with Firas Zahabi and the other coaches at Tristar Gym. While St-Pierre didn’t necessarily acknowledge if Zahabi would continue to have a role in his training, the former welterweight champion said there’s a contrast to training with Roach.
“I feel a difference when I train with Freddie,” he said. “I feel my footwork, my distance control, my power punches, my hands, everything gets better.
I’m from a karate background, I’m trying to transform myself more into a Muay Thai stylist. I think with karate and boxing, that’s what worked the best for me.
St-Pierre and Roach have spent some time together in the past, with Roach making the claim that GSP would attempt a six-week training camp to determine whether or not he’d elect a comeback. St-Pierre says Roach will have some role in the camp, claiming he’d even spend some time at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing gym in Los Angeles.