McGregor considering referee request for fight
The final decision on who will referee this historical bout between the former pound-for-pound number one, and undefeated boxing megastar Floyd Mayweather and current UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor, falls on the Nevada State Athletic Commission – for the past four of Mayweather’s last fights, the NSAC has placed Kenny Bayless as the third man in the ring.
McGregor’s boxing coach Owen Roddy has stated that they may plan on requesting their own referee to officiate the bout, stating “We know we can ask for our own ref, and they can ask for theirs. We’ll look into it, and see who we think would best suit the fight.”
Currently, McGregor’s team is using former hall of fame boxing referee Joe Cortez, who has officiated a number of Mayweather’s past bouts, as a referee during sparring sessions – “Joe comes in for fight simulation, Conor spars and Joe refs the match like any ref would.” said Owen Roddy.
It’s true that McGregor is a fan of visualisation, he has previously spoken about the laws of attraction and how visualising success leads to successful outcomes, he has also had a mural of him knocking out Floyd painted on his gym wall in his Dublin gym.
It is not yet clear if McGregor’s team will request their own choice for the referee they are still debating that, Mayweather’s team have yet to state if they too are going to request a specific referee.
Conor McGregor will face off against Floyd Mayweather in just under 3 weeks time live on PPV, the August 26th event will kick off live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office, in the US prelims air on Fox and the main card is on Showtime Sports PPV.