Bob Bennett, the NSAC’s executive director, told Sky Sports for a story posted to its website Thursday that the commission will consider Conor McGregor’s request for an international at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday in Las Vegas.
“The McGregor camp has requested an international judge,” Bennett claimed to the international sports outlet.
“We will see if we think that’s fair, and we will take that into consideration. We try to be flexible and adaptable. We’re customer-service orientated.”
There have only been three international judges (one from Canada, one from Italy and one from England) among the 42 assigned to score Mayweather’s 14 straight fights in Las Vegas since April 2006.
Bennett added that McGregor’s camp has not requested a specific referee for their 12-round, 154-pound boxing match August 26 in Las Vegas
“No, we haven’t received a request for an international ref… we have a number of highly qualified referees that have worked in Vegas on mega-fights. We have a pool of competent and qualified referees. I’m in the process of concluding my research into who I think the officials should be. The referee that is approved will have a proven track record of working on high-profile fights, and a proven record of being consistent under pressure.”
“He will be a world-class referee. He will keep an eye on both of them. It’s a boxing match. I’ve had conversations with McGregor’s manager to explain the rules and regulations. I explained that it’s incumbent upon him that McGregor has an intimate understanding of these rules. I brought some things to his attention that will ensure the health and safety of both fighters, and prevent them from losing points. At our next commission meeting [Wednesday], I will make my recommendation.”
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