Nevada won’t use referee Kenny Bayless for Mayweather-McGregor fight

Kenny Bayless, the veteran boxing referee who has worked several of Floyd Mayweather’s fights, will not be assigned to Mayweather’s Aug. 26 bout against UFC champion Conor McGregor, The Times learned Monday.

Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada State Commission, said commission Chairman Anthony Marnell III made the decision after learning of Bayless’ public comments critical of the novel Mayweather-McGregor bout.

McGregor said at his Friday media day that he didn’t believe Bayless should work the fight based on those prior comments.

“His views … he went public on what he thought the fight was,” McGregor told reporters. “He can’t be involved in the event.”