KEY POINTS

  • Filipino MMA star Lito Adiwang predicted that Manny Pacquiao would KO Conor McGregor in five to six rounds
  • Adiwang claimed that McGregor's only advantage over Pacquiao is his age
  • Pacquiao teased his McGregor fight after signing with Paradigm Sports

Filipino MMA star Lito Adiwang has sided with fellow countryman Manny Pacquiao when discussing the latter's highly-anticipated boxing match against UFC star Conor McGregor.

In a recent exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Sports, MMA sensation Adiwang predicted that Pacquiao will obliterate McGregor, possibly knocking him out in the fifth or sixth round. According to "Thunder Kid," the eight-division titleholder will be more aggressive in taking on McGregor compared to his welterweight rival, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"I see a knockout between the fifth and sixth rounds for Pacquiao," Adiwang predicted. "I feel like Pacquiao wants to finish McGregor faster than Mayweather's round 10 victory.”

At 41, Pacquiao seems a bit aged compared to 32-year-old McGregor. However, Adiwang thinks that apart from age, the Filipino boxing legend dominates the former UFC champ in all aspects.

"Pacquiao beats McGregor in every category," the Team Lakay MMA star said. "The only thing McGregor has going for him is his youth, but everything else, our people's champ blows him out of the water."

"There is no doubt that McGregor can box, but there are levels to this game," he explained. "He's a good boxer but the guys who have been doing this all their life like Mayweather, they are legit."

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao beat Adrien Broner on Saturday night to retain his WBA welterweight title. In this picture, Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 19, 2019. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Adiwang pointed out that MMA and boxing are two different sports. As per the 27-year-old, there is no way McGregor can beat Pacquiao in the sport the latter has dominated for more than a decade.

"Yes, McGregor has a strong and powerful left hand that has finished many of his opponents…in MMA. But this is boxing, they use boxing gloves and not small MMA gloves, so that power isn't the same," he pointed out.

"To me, Pacquiao is the greatest living legend in boxing,” he added. "He's the only boxer in history who has won world championships in eight divisions. I just don't see any scenario in which McGregor will win this fight."

Meanwhile, Pacquiao confirmed on Monday that he has teamed up with Paradigm Sports, a company that also manages McGregor. He posted a photo of him holding a signed contract from Paradigm Sports on Twitter, along with a caption that appears to hint that Pacquiao vs. McGregor will soon be a done deal.

"Excited to have officially partnered with Paradigm Sports," Pacquiao wrote. "Grateful for the support of my family, team and fans as I continue my professional boxing journey. Big things are coming! Stay tuned!"