McGregor acquires California boxing license, denied in Nevada

December 1, 2016

Well, unfortunately Conor McGregor is making it so that we are going to have to keep talking about this fight that will never happen.

As I’m sure everyone is aware, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have been going back and forth on the prospect of them having a crossover fight.  All signs point to this just being an attention grab, and it’s certainly working.  Unfortunately this has been one of the biggest stories in boxing this year, but it’s a complete waste of time.

Neither fighter would have a chance against the other in their respective sports, Floyd Mayweather has continued to say that he is retired, and McGregor is under contract by UFC and they would never let him step into a boxing ring with Mayweather.  Even if they both agreed to box and McGregor got around his UFC contract, it’s doubtful that a boxing commission would even approve such a dangerous mismatch.  And you know Mayweather would never agree to an MMA fight (as he shouldn’t).  The fight is a joke.

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But discussions about it will continue now, as McGregor has acquired a boxing license in California.  Nobody knows exactly why he did it or what he’s planning to do with it, but he’s got it.  Apparently it’s pretty easy to acquire, all you have to fill out an application, pay $60, and pass a medical exam.

McGregor also applied for a license in Nevada, but was denied due to some legal issues.  He owes the state of Nevada $75,000 in fines for a bottle throwing incident during a press conference, and is also supposed to produce an anti-bullying video.  That license is also a bit harder to acquire than California’s, as he must produce a sparring video.

Dan Rafael of ESPN spoke to Mayweather promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe on this matter, and he shed some light on what he thought of the situation.

“It’s all a game. It’s all a calculated effort to gain more fans,” Ellerbe said. “He got a boxing license. Congratulations to him. Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to but he has a boss and his name is [UFC president] Dana White. He is under contract to the UFC and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can’t because his bosses wouldn’t allow that to happen. The brass [from WME-IMG] who recently purchased the UFC [for $4 billion earlier this year] are very smart people and they would never — and put this in bold caps — let him step into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather because everyone knows what the outcome would be. He would get his ass beat from pillar to post.”

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“At the end of the day, he’s under contract with the UFC,” Ellerbe said. “He’s told what to do. He’s an employee. He’s done a masterful con job to try to trick people that he could actually pull this off. It’s another creative way to create more interest. Nobody is mad but it’s a con job trying to make people think this is real and even mentioning him and TBE [The Best Ever, Mayweather’s nickname] in the same breath is disrespectful, completely disrespectful. Isn’t this the same guy who tapped out three fights ago?”

“What McGregor is attempting to do is take a page out of Floyd’s book from the marketing and promotional side by using his name. The quickest way to become famous is to align yourself with another famous person, and he’s done a good job of that.”

Strong words from Ellerbe!  In the end I don’t know why McGregor got a boxing license.  Maybe he will box somebody at some point.  Maybe he’s dissatisfied with the money he’s making in UFC he’s trying to find some leverage somewhere.  Whatever the case may be, I hope we don’t have to talk about the impossible fight that is Mayweather-McGregor for much longer.

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