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.”
In an interview with video reporter Elie Seckbach last year, Bayless said, “I wouldn’t want to see,” Mayweather-McGregor. “It’s two different sports. UFC and boxing are two different sports. What would be the point?”
Bennett said Marnell had already made up his mind about Bayless before McGregor spoke.
“Conor McGregor had nothing to do with Kenny Bayless’ removal,” Bennett said.
“Kenny Bayless was removed from being considered because of the comment. Based on his comment — he shouldn’t be talking to the media unless it’s something mundane, like about how an official works — he was removed long before McGregor said anything.”
Bayless has worked six of Mayweather’s 12 fights dating back to his 2007
Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/boxing/la-sp-referee-bayless-mayweather-mcgregor-fight-20170814-story.html
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