With the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight less than three weeks away, most boxing fans are still crying foul.
Many are taking umbrage that five-division world champion Mayweather has seemingly been given a free pass in his quest to surpass the hallowed record of legendary heavyweight Rocky Marciano, who retired in 1956 with a record of 49-0 with 43 knockouts.
Mayweather, 49-0 (26), will meet UFC lightweight champion McGregor in a 12-round boxing event on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which will be televised on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
This in spite of the fact that the 29-year-old McGregor, who is 21-3 (with 17 stoppages) in his own sport, has never had a single amateur or professional boxing match.
“I understand completely,” said Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett on Wednesday, Aug. 2. “(Boxing and MMA) are two completely different disciplines. But as a regulator this ended up on my desk and I had to find a way to approve or not approve it. In this day and age you have to change with the times.”
His decision to approve the match has drawn the ire of many boxing fans, but Bennett, who was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and a special agent in the FBI for more than 24 years, stands fast by his decision.
“This is a fight between two warriors,” he said. “It’s an approvable boxing match. I see no reason not to approve it. McGregor has not one amateur fight (as a boxer). I understand your position. But first off, McGregor is the taller, larger, longer, stronger, younger fighter.”
For the record, the 5-foot-9 McGregor is an inch taller than Mayweather and has fought at 170 pounds while “Money” has never competed heavier…
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