WBN caught up with Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett from Las Vegas on Wednesday to get the latest on where Conor McGregor stands for his proposed cross-codes clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Bennett met with McGregor on Valentine’s Day this year to iron out some differences between both parties regarding a fine imposed during a UFC press conference in 2016, which the NSAC chief confirmed is now in the past.
McGregor is hopeful of facing Mayweather in the second half of this year and Bennett believes the Irishman is on the right path to securing a dream fight.
“Conor has paid the fine, he’s paid the Deputy Attorney General’s fees and has been a man of his word. All he has to do now, if he’s so inclined to, is apply for a boxing license. He’s certainly eligible and we hope that he does,” Bennett exclusively told World Boxing News.
Asked whether he expects ‘The Notorious’ to apply soon in order to get the ball rolling on a possible confirmation of his multi-million dollar Pay-Per-View blockbuster with Mayweather, Bennett replied: “I hope to think he is.
“We are the fight capital of the world and we’d love to have him back here in Vegas. We had a very productive, professional and cordial meeting with Conor and his attorneys. His litigation is over, he’s paid his fine as we had a rehearing and he paid what was asked of him.”
On the fight itself, which brings together to two biggest names in MMA and boxing for one huge showdown, he added: “I believe it’s a win-win situation as Conor’s a terrific guy.
“There’s a lot of buzz and electricity for a fight with Floyd Mayweather, who’s also a phenomenal fighter.
“Mayweather is very smart, he likes to hit people and move. He arguably has the best defense in the history of boxing. He’s fought all the top contenders and is truly a world champion at 49-0.
“Floyd set a fine example for all boxers before he got out of the business, but now he may come back in for the fight with Conor, so it’s definitely an approvable fight and a great one.”
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay