UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor made his professional boxing debut this past August in The Money Fight, suffering a tenth round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather.
Robert Byrd was the official who oversaw that fight and the lightweight champion isn’t too fond of the job he did.
“Adalaide Byrd’s husband Robert Byrd, that’s all I’ll say on that,” McGregor replied at An Evening With Conor McGregor. “That’s her husband. When we came face to face and we were doing the rules thing, he was only staring at me. I’m looking at him staring at me and I could see in my peripheral vision that he was looking at me and not looking at Floyd. I was going to say, ‘He’s fighting as well, mate. Give him the f-cking rules. I don’t know, what was going on there? Every time we tied he literally wrestled me off him. It is what it is, I knew I wasn’t going to get a fair shake out there.”
Neither McGregor or Mayweather chose who officiated the bout because that job was handled by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC).
McGregor also argues that Byrd stopped the fight too early, especially since he hurt Mayweather just one round earlier.
“I thought it was an early stoppage. How the f**k can you stop a fight if there were no knockdowns or nothing previous?” he asked. “The round before that I almost had him dropped. I hurt him to the body in the round before. How the f**k can you stop it like that at the first sign of a wobble? You’ve got to let these fights go on.”
The UFC Lightweight Champion has expressed an interest in boxing again, there’s no word if Byrd would officiate that bout as well.