In 2016, Conor McGregor was granted a boxing license in California, but denied one by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. At the time, it was explained that McGregor’s lack of professional boxing experience was the reason he had been denied a license in Nevada. Despite that, talks of a potential Floyd Mayweather superfight continued to develop, with conflicting reports emerging this week that McGregor and Mayweather were getting close to reaching a deal for a boxing superfight.
This week, NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell stated that there was ‘a lot of real stuff going on’ in regards to a potential scrap between Maywather and McGregor, however this was followed up by a statement from Mayweather, in which he stated:
“There has been no deals made on my behalf in regards to a bout with any fighter at this time. I am happily retired and enjoying my life! Rest assured that if any changes come about, I will be the first to let the world know!”
“Listen, Conor McGregor, if you really want to get this fight done… take care of your business with the UFC and then have your people get in touch with my people.”
Now, NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett has informed the LA Times that in order to keep a potential McGregor-Mayweather scrap in Vegas, the commission would be willing to grant McGregor a license to box:
Of course we would, and we’d definitely want the fight to be in the fight capital of the world. What commission wouldn’t want the two biggest fighters in the world right now to fight in their state?”
Unfortunately, with both Floyd Mayweather and Dana White stating that a fight has not been made official, at the present time it looks like a Mayweather-McGregor scrap may be further out of reach than we would like.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/15/2017.