Artem Lobov claims boxing legend Floyd Mayweather fears his unbeaten streak could come to an end if he decides to fight UFC star Conor McGregor. The American has a winning streak of 49-0 and is yet to taste defeat in his career.
The Irishman created history as he became the first fighter in UFC's history to hold two titles concurrently after beating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York. However, the promotion decided to strip his featherweight title, handing it back to Jose Aldo.
McGregor was granted a boxing licence in California, hinting that a fight between the Dubliner and Mayweather could be on the cards. Lobov is hoping the two fighters could face each other and remains confident the UFC lightweight champion will destroy the American boxer, if the fight takes place.
"Before there was even a sniff of this thing happening, I said to him this is the fight he should go after," Lobov told The Mac Life.
"This is the fight that needs to happen. It's going to be an unbelievable fight for the fans, a great fight for history and he can beat this guy. He can destroy Mayweather.
"It's going to be very hard to get Mayweather because he knows there is a very real chance he can lose that fight. He's a very smart guy. The only thing you see about Mayweather in the news nowadays is when his name is beside Conor's.
"He is riding that to his advantage. He is a very intelligent businessman and a very good fighter — but he doesn't want that fight. He's too smart for that."
Lobov has been McGregor's training partner throughout the years, but "The Russian Hammer" was forced to watch the UFC 205 on television. The 30-year-old mixed martial artist has heaped praise on the UFC star and pinpointed the key aspects of his fight, which helps him come out victorious on most occasions.
"[His power] is all new to them now and they're starting to believe but I have been saying this for years", he explained.
"I honestly don't remember ever being hurt by anyone other than Conor. It probably has happened in training or a fight but I don't remember any. The only times I do remember getting hurt is by Conor. I remember most of them and it's happened many, many, many times."