Though Conor McGregor is being widely discredited in the buildup to his blockbuster August 26 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, he and his team are brimming with confidence. UFC featherweight Artem Lobov, who serves as one of McGregor’s main training partners, explained the surplus of confidence inside the camp in a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com.
Apparently, much of it comes down to McGregor’s recent lightweight title win over Eddie Alvarez, which made him the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes concurrently.
“HE ALWAYS WAS A CONFIDENT MAN, BUT WHEN YOU CAPTURE TWO UFC WORLD TITLES, SOMETHING THAT HASN’T BEEN ACCOMPLISHED BEFORE, THAT TAKES YOUR CONFIDENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL,” LOBOV SAID. “NOW YOU HAVE REAL PROOF OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN IS, IN FACT, THE TRUTH. SO OF COURSE HIS CONFIDENCE IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. HIS PREPARATION, AS WELL.”
“EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT FROM HIS MEAL PLANS, DIET, HIS TRAINING, HIS SPARRING – EVERYTHING, LITERALLY,” LOBOV SAID OF MCGREGOR’S PREPARATION. “NO STONE HAS BEEN LEFT UNTURNED, AND EVERYTHING HAS GONE VERY SMOOTH. SO, AUG. 26, THERE’S GOING TO BE A VERY SCARY ANIMAL IN THAT RING WITH FLOYD.”
Lobov also touched on McGregor’s prediction that he will finish Mayweather inside four rounds. The Russian-born Irishman believes it’s very possible ‘Mystic Mac’ makes good on this prediction.
“LOOK AT CONOR’S FIGHTS: THERE’S NOT MANY DECISIONS THERE,” LOBOV SAID. “HE’S BEEN TO A DECISION TWICE (IN THE UFC). ONCE WITH NO LEG, NO ACL (AGAINST MAX HOLLOWAY), AND THEN ANOTHER TIME (IN THE NATE DIAZ REMATCH). OF COURSE WE’RE GOING TO KNOCK OUT, WE’RE EXPECTING A KNOCKOUT. IN A BOXING FIGHT, HE’S GOING TO HAVE NOWHERE TO HIDE, MAYWEATHER. CONOR WILL FIND HIM AND CATCH HIM.”
How do you think Conor McGregor will do against Floyd Mayweather? What do you think of Artem Lobov’s assessment of the fight?
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 8/13/2017.