If Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor does get made, don’t expect the sport’s governing bodies to immediately sanction the fight.
The World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the four major governing bodies in boxing, and its president Gilberto Mendoza said the dream fight between the former boxing pound-for-pound king and the current UFC Lightweight Champion should only be an exhibition.
“I think this would only be an exhibition fight. I don’t think it’s good for boxing to endorse it as an official fight. I think both are great athletes, but Floyd is retired and if he wants to be back, he has great boxers whom he can face and provide a good show,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza added that his organization wants no part of Mayweather vs. McGregor.
“I know this fight can be done,” Mendoza said. “However, I want to make it clear that the World Boxing Association will not get involved in the event. We respect both athletes and it seems to me that Mayweather proved to be the best, as McGregor has done in the UFC, but a bout between both should not be more than an exhibition.”
Mayweather has been a part of many title fights for the WBA, winning the governing body’s welterweight and light middleweight titles in 2014 and 2012, respectively. The fight still has a lot of hurdles to go through before anything is official, including the fact that Mayweather has yet to sign the contract even though McGregor already has.