Heading into their fight in August, it was made known that if Conor McGregor decided to break the rules of boxing and utilize any of his MMA skills against Floyd Mayweather, it would come with a hefty fine.
Speaking at a fans’ Q&A session in Glasgow, McGregor claimed referee Robert Byrd was too strict with him and revealed how big the financial penalty if he decided to utilize a kick or any MMA tactics.
“Here’s when I knew I was up against it: The ref said even if I lift my leg up, it’s a point deduction…. How is that a point deduction without even a warning? They’re telling me they’re going to deduct points straight off the bat.”“And if I do get disqualified for any reason, it was a $10 million fine. Ten million f—–g dollars. They were making up all these f—–g stipulations like I wasn’t taking it seriously.”
McGregor employed veteran referee and Hall of Famer Joe Cortez to run every sparring session in his training camp.
“I had a boxing referee in Ireland, a great boxing referee in Ireland and then Joe Cortez in Vegas, every single spar,” McGregor said. “I put in so much work and had given so much respect to the rule set and the discipline, I was kind of expecting it back.”