If there is one fighter who has closely worked with Conor McGregor for a long time, it would be UFC featherweight and SBG Dublin fighter Artem Lobov. “The Russian Hammer” has been present in training camps as one of the sparring partners helping McGregor prepare for many major fights.
Given his experience training with McGregor, Lobov is confident that “The Notorious” would be able to stop boxing legends Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao inside the ring.
“Being honest, and I know I’m going to get a lot of hate from it, but I don’t see Mayweather making it past the sixth round. And if it was Pacquiao, I don’t see Pacquiao making it past two rounds,” Lobov said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “And look, I was the one that predicted the one minute against Aldo.”
“There is an interview of me, I can’t find it now, but there is a video of me where Conor keeps talking about four minutes, saying around the four-minute mark he was going to stop Aldo, and me saying, ‘no, forget the four minutes. It doesn’t get out of the first minute,’ and sure enough it was.”
“I’m sure I got a lot of hate for that too, but trust me I know something,” he continued. “I’ve sparred this man for a very long time and I’ve watched this game for a many, many years and I understand a thing or two.”
As of the moment, the much-hyped boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather is still all talk. But even so, Lobov revealed that the McGregor camp is already preparing themselves for it.
“I certainly hope it will happen. I mean, we’re ready, we’re getting ready for that fight, make no mistake about it, Conor is ready to go, he’s a loaded weapon,” Lobov said. “Whenever Mayweather wants to sign on that dotted line, we’re good to go because Mayweather, he’s a big man for talking but whether he actually wants the fight, I don’t know.”
Lobov is set to face off with Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville in April.