Conor McGregor’s camp will be slightly disappointed with the confirmation of Robert Byrd as the referee for the Irishman’s super fight with Floyd Mayweather.
It had been suggested by several members of McGregor’s camp that the SBG star was hoping for a referee with some knowledge or appreciation for MMA to take charge on August 26th.
Tony Weeks had been mooted with the boxing referee also having experience as an accredited MMA judge. It was thought that someone with this sort of knowledge would be more lenient to McGregor, appreciating some of the manoeuvres the Dubliner may deploy in the clinch. However, with the confirmation of Robert Byrd, it seems those hopes have now been dashed.
Having said that, Byrd is a highly regarded referee and has officiated on many high profile bouts such as Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev, Saul Alvarez vs Miguel Cotto and he has even previously refereed a bout involving Floyd Mayweather when the undefeated 40-year-old took on Robert Guerrero back in 2013.
Robert Byrd will be referee in Mayweather, McGregor. pic.twitter.com/akgMsaL2xa
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 16, 2017
Robert Byrd will be the #MayMac referee. Judges: Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Guido Cavalleri.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 16, 2017
Information on Mayweather and McGregor’s application to have the glove size reduced for their bout should also be forthcoming in the next few hours after the NAC met to discuss the matter this afternoon.
Check back soon to get the details.