Bennett denies money had to do with Mayweather-McGregor

August 21, 2017

The Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission Bob Bennett noted that money does not matter with respect to the decisions of the NAC in approving fights.  The Commission has come into question with the Mayweather-McGregor fight which happens this Saturday, August 26th.

Bennett was interviewed by Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Monday.  When faced with the question of sanctioning the Mayweather-McGregor fight he admitted to deviating from the usual way he evaluates fights.  Bennett went on to say that he consulted with Virgil Hunter who said McGregor matched Nate Diaz’s boxing skills at UFC 202.

Payout Perspective:

I am not persuaded by Bennett’s interview or explanation.  Mayweather has a 49-0 record and McGregor is 0-0 in boxing.  The move to change the gloves came with circumstantial evidence that it was justified.  In scenarios where health and safety is an issue, there should have been more time to study the affects with the smaller gloves.  Yet, it was pushed through without much debate.  It makes the commission look weak and willing to shape rules based on business.  The fact that he is using evidence from a boxing coach to seek a favorable opinion is all you need to know.  Bennett strains to come up with compelling evidence to justify McGregor receiving a boxing licensing and that a fight with Mayweather would be competitive.  The words “health” and “safety” seem to be used more as just lip service rather than real words to protect fighters.

10 Responses to “Bennett denies money had to do with Mayweather-McGregor”

  1. Random Dude on August 22nd, 2017 2:47 AM

    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/aug/22/sold-out-or-not-vegas-will-party-during-mayweather/

    “Caesars and MGM Resorts International, which owns the fight’s venue, expect their properties to sell out as the weekend approaches. But unlike the bullish market created by Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015 in Las Vegas, hotel rooms are still available.

    The MGM Grand has cut its prices for the weekend three times, with a two-night stay now at $329 a night. Rooms at several other hotels on the Strip can still be found for $200 or less a night.”

    “McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said the number of private aircraft that flew in for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight overwhelmed available apron parking and forced a taxiway to be closed and used as a jet parking lot. Crews said there is no plan to do that again this weekend but officials are requiring pilots to make parking reservations and encouraging the use of two nearby general aviation airports, in suburban Henderson and North Las Vegas.”

    “Just four days to fight night, there are plenty of tickets still available in the T-Mobile Arena, which seats 18,000 for boxing, and prices on the secondary market are starting to come down.

    Ticketmaster has hundreds of non-VIP tickets ranging from roughly $1,400 to $17,000. Still available are VIP tickets that include hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transportation, an official souvenir, food and drinks.”

  2. Fight Fan on August 22nd, 2017 8:15 AM

    Major drop off coming. People want to know the outcome of this fight but arent spending their cash like they did with May Pac

  3. d on August 22nd, 2017 8:27 AM

    Hahaha. Random Dude spreading his propaganda.

    It’s almost a certainty this breaks May-Pac and the secondary market for May-Pac also was not what it was hyped up to be even factoring in the 3k less tickets available. The prices crashed towards the event.

    This fight will likely make considerably more than May-Pac because McGregor’s involved. Think about how significant it is that a guy who never boxed professionally before, that no one is giving a chance to win, will STILL outdraw May-Pac.

  4. C on August 22nd, 2017 9:39 AM

    Use your noggin d. IF this fight outdraws May-Pac it has more to do with the fan bases of two different sports coming together for ONE event. Compare apples to apples please. If two MMA fighters outdraw May-Pac, that’s saying something. But you and everybody knows, that ain’t happening anytime soon.

  5. Fight Fan on August 22nd, 2017 12:06 PM

    Yup the fact McTapper had to go to boxing to get paid says it all.

  6. Fight Fan on August 22nd, 2017 12:27 PM

    No mma ppv ever even broke 2 million buys.

  7. Random Dude on August 22nd, 2017 1:55 PM

    If it does better than May-Pac it will be because the event was held in a larger stadium which allows for more tickets to be sold overall, no other reason.

    The fight has already proven to be less popular than May-Pac.

    Simple math.

  8. Random Dude on August 22nd, 2017 2:09 PM

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/08/22/mayweather-vs-mcgregor-ticket-sales-trail-pacquiao-fight.html

    “As of Monday afternoon, Mayweather vs. McGregor ranked second among StubHub’s top fights of all time in terms of overall ticket sales, with an average ticket price of $3,574. The fight has yet to surpass the sales total from Mayweather’s 2015 match with rival boxer Manny Pacquiao, which carried a much-higher average ticket price of $4,456 and also brought in the richest live gate in boxing history.”

    “With 10 days to go before the fight, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao’s overall sales were four times larger than totals at the same point for Mayweather vs. McGregor, according to StubHub data.”

  9. d on August 22nd, 2017 7:27 PM

    Mr. 3000 aliases,

    No, nice try. The overwhelming majority of May-Pac buyers were casuals. They weren’t die hard boxing fans. Nice try.

    If there were a scenario where you had McGregor fight another ppv mega star with close to his drawing power, and they let the fight buildup for 7 years, we’d be talking about those types of numbers, but in reality that was a lot of luck for them to be in that situation.

    Boxing is an after thought at this point. If Mayweather fought anyone else right now, he wouldn’t even be breaking 2m buys, let alone 4-5m like this fight will probably do.

  10. d on August 22nd, 2017 7:33 PM

    “If it does better than May-Pac it will be because the event was held in a larger stadium which allows for more tickets to be sold overall, no other reason.”

    You continue to cherry pick numbers left and right. On one hand you are saying that the fact that there are more tickets is the only reason for the bigger gate, while following that by saying that the secondary market tickets aren’t selling at the same average price, ignoring the fact that there are 3k more tickets available.

    The fact is this fight will likely defeat May-Pac in every measurable financial statistic when all is said and done thanks to Conor McGregor. Haha.

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