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NSAC Head Says There’s No Bias in Officials For McGregor/Mayweather Bout

July 25, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett spoke with MMAjunkie for a new interview about the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight. Highlights are below:

On the officials who will oversee the bout: “There’s no prejudice. There’s no bias. They agreed to box, and they’ll fight like any other boxing match. As long as you follow the rules, then your chances are predicated on your actions in the ring. We’re in the middle. We’re here here strictly to regulate the event. That’s what we do for every fight. Nobody has an edge. There’s no favoritism here. They’re two phenomenal athletes. It should be a very, very interesting event, and we’ll see what happens in the ring.”

On concern that McGregor has no professional boxing experience: “I don’t see why this fight would not be approvable, and at this point in time, I’m not going to tell you why it is approvable. I may articulate that information at the next commission meeting. But in my opinion, I see no reason why it’s not approvable.”

On McGregor’s coach having concerns about bias in the officials: “If you want somebody pulled, you have to let me know why. And it has to prove to be true. And if it is, then I’ll pull them. If it’s not, I won’t…All I would say that the people want to evaluate or judge this fight, they should know the judging criteria for boxing and the unified rules of boxing. It’s not an MMA fight. And Conor has proven he’s quite a boxer or striker, i.e., the Diaz fight at UFC 202.”