The boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is in the works of being put together as McGregor is currently in Las Vegas to meet with parties involved to make the potential bout turn into a reality. However, with McGregor being under contract with the UFC, there is still a lot of legal issues at hand if the UFC decides they do not want to be involved.
Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Anthony Marnell spoke with ESPN regarding the potential match and where things stand at the moment.
“There is a lot of real stuff going on,” Marnell said Tuesday. “It still seems like a long shot, but when there is a lot of money involved, people tend to figure it out. There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but I’m not sure if we’re going to eat.
“The Nevada Athletic Commission, in my experience, has always been well-briefed by all parties on an event or potential event that may take place in Las Vegas. We are aware of conversations and information that has been disclosed and not disclosed in the media. Whether these conversations will get to a point that a fight happens, I can’t tell you.”
Marnell stated that with all the big players that are mixed into the potential superfight, everyone wants their big piece of the pie.
“I’m confirming that real people are having real discussions,” Marnell said. “I’m also telling you my opinion as the Nevada Athletic Commission chairman that a lot of things need to get done in order to see something like this come together because there are so many parties that want to get their hands on the pot.
“Maybe it will get figured out, but it’s going to be hard when everyone is declaring they want $100 million. That’s not what I said — that’s what they’ve said. That’s their quotes, not mine. If everyone wants $100 million, that’s a lot of $100 millions to go around.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/14/2017.