It seems that most people would like to be in the arena for this fight except for one person.
The world is talking about, and the hype is certainly there for the upcoming boxing match between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, which is in full swing now.
If you recall, McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, recently stated that his camp would protest if Kenny Bayless was assigned to referee to the upcoming bout. The coach also came out and stated that if it was up to him, then he would want a referee from MMA to officiate the bout.
The reason behind his thinking is due to his concern about people being biased against them. Thus, he wants an “MMA referee that will understand the inside fighting that will go into this fight.”
Veteran MMA referee Herb Dean is arguably one of the best referees in the game right now and in history. He has called thousands of fights during his career. He would no doubt be in the discussions as a possible referee for this fight.
Dean recently spoke to Bloody Elbow about various topics concerning officiating. During the interview, he also talked about Kavanagh’s request.
“It’s a boxing fight. I don’t know why we should use an MMA referee,” Dean told Bloody Elbow. “I think the (boxing referee) would understand the boxing grappling that’s legal.
“I can see (potential bias) being a concern more, but myself, I wouldn’t want to referee it. My experience is with refereeing MMA, so there’s a bunch of people more qualified to do it than I am,” he said. “It’s a boxing match.”
It is within their rights to protest for referees such as Bayless to work the upcoming bout due to his lack experience in MMA. Fans should not have to worry about the referee as the Nevada State Athletic Commission will find a suitable person to referee the fight.
This fight has been and will continue to be the talk of the world. Except for soccer and baseball, the big sports in the United States are in their offseasons. With this bout being held next month, it should generate all of the attention of the media just like it has done since the fight was announced.
The two fighters meet on Saturday, August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena on PPV (pay-per-view) are in the middle of a four city media tour.