Conor McGregor’s sparring partner explains why the Irishman can destroy Floyd Mayweather
Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor has never boxed as either a professional or amateur, but sparring partner Artem Lobov says the Irishman will blast the undefeated Floyd Mayweather when the two meet in Las Vegas on August 26. The much-heralded boxing match pitting Mayweather, a 49-0 machine and one of the greatest boxers of all time, against McGregor, the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion, was finally officially announced on Wednesday.
Bookmakers immediately installed Mayweather as the hot favourite for the 12-round, super-welterweight bout. But Lobov says the 28-year-old McGregor is ready to write combat sports history by pulling off a shock win.
“Just look at all the stats – Floyd hasn’t faced anyone significant for a few years now,” Lobov said. “When he fought Manny Pacquaio it was five years after Manny’s prime, he was on the way out basically. Conor is bigger, stronger, younger, and has a longer reach.”
Lobov said that McGregor’s broader fighting skill set would give him a big advantage over the 42-year-old Mayweather, who is renowned as a brilliant defensive boxer.
“If you look at Mayweather’s fights he often likes to get into the clinch, but what is a boxer in a clinch against a wrestler, an …read more