While the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor may look close to a done deal, there are still many hurdles ahead of it being finalized.
One big one looks to be cleared, though, as the Nevada commission will likely sanction the fight despite the disparity in boxing experience between the two.
In an interview with Boxing News, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennet said that though McGregor has no boxing experience, his years of striking experience makes a match against Mayweather something he would feel comfortable sanctioning:
“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 ton 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 obviously has not competed in a professional boxing match, whereas Mayweather is 49-0 and one of the greatest fighters in history. Many questioned whether a commission would ever sanction a fight between the two, but it appears that Bennet and the Nevada commission will not stand in the way of this lucrative fight taking place.
The commission recently reduced McGregor’s fine stemming from his UFC 202 pre-fight press conference melee with Nate Diaz, during which both fighters and their respective teams threw water bottles and cans at each other across a room filled with fans.
Now that McGregor has handled that situation, he is eligible to apply for his boxing license in the state of Nevada. He has already acquired a boxing license in California.