Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett sees no issue with sanctioning Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor.
A boxing match between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. is seemingly closer to reality than ever before. While the fight isn’t official, a September date in Las Vegas, Nevada is the goal. McGregor has never boxed professionally, doesn’t have a boxing license in Nevada (although he does have one in California), but Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett told Boxing News that he doesn’t see any problems with sanctioning the lucrative matchup.
“When you go back, he took up kickboxing at the age of 12. As a youth he became an All-Ireland boxing champion. He goes to the UFC, of course he had several [MMA] fights before that, and while he’s with the UFC he’s 21-3 with 17 of those wins coming via knockout or TKO.
“He’s a stand-up fighter, he’s a southpaw, he hits like a tonne of bricks, he’s got a great jaw, he’s 5’ 9’’ and he’s got a reach of 74 inches. If you take a look at his wins in the UFC, they’re predominantly from striking [punching] and if you take a look at the fact he was able to move from 145[lbs] to 155 to 170, he’s displayed some awesome unarmed combat skills.
“He’s proven that he can fight as a stand-up fighter. I’ve seen some tape of him boxing, I’m sure I’ll get an updated version of his skill-set as a fighter. I certainly think he’s worthy of being approved to fight Floyd Mayweather. His UFC background is critical in approving this fight.”
McGregor is eligible to apply for a Nevada boxing license now that he’s paid his reduced fine of $25,000 for the UFC 202 press conference bottle-throwing melee with Nate Diaz and his team. Bennett then went into detail about what McGregor would need to do to get himself licensed and set to fight Mayweather from a commission’s perspective.
“He goes ahead and submits an application for a boxing licence, puts forth the required paperwork, then if they agree on a fight he would have to pass a physical examination, just like he does in the UFC and just like Floyd does for a fight,” he explained of the process.
“They’d have to agree to in and out of competition anti-doping testing and one of the most important areas will be the weight, or catchweight, of the fight. Like I said, Floyd’s usually at 147 or 150 whereas Conor has fluctuated in weight and been very successful.”
So from the viewpoint of the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission, it doesn’t look as if they will put up a roadblock for a potentially monstrous money-maker of a fight. The actual negotiations involving the UFC, McGregor and his team, plus Mayweather and his team, is a different story altogether in terms of whether or not we actually see these two superstars box in the ring this fall.