Ref and judges named for MayMac, and 8 oz gloves approved
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today announced the referee and three judges for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match on August 26, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The referee will be Robert Byrd, who has officiated some of the biggest bouts of the past generation. A great referee strives to be invisible, and Byrd exemplifies that. While some referees will physically intercede and wrestle the boxers apart, Byrd prefers to give the fighters room, and if absolutely necessary use his voice to control the action. This should favor McGregor, who may well try more dirty boxing than is usual in a world championship match.
Byrd may also have at least a passing familiarity with MMA as his wife Adalaide Byrd has judged a large number of top MMA events.
The McGregor camp had asked for at least one international judge, and that wish was granted. The three judges are:
Burt Clements, USA
Dave Moretti, USA
Guido Cavalieri, Italy
All three are world class officials who have worked at least one Mayweather bout before.
The referee will be paid $25,000 and the judges $20,000 each.
The commission also unanimously approved of 8oz gloves for the bout, after both camps requested it, rather than the 10oz gloves required for a bout at 154 lbs. There was discussion around the issue, including a suggestion of further study, the final vote was all in favor. The commission did say this was a one-time only step, and that it would be studied further after the bout.
The commission also granted UFC parent company ZUFFA a co-promoter license.