The WBA Announces Their Refusal To Sanction McGregor vs. Mayweather

World Boxing Association President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza appeared at a press conference within Panama on Thursday. During the conference, the WBA president provided an update on the potential matchup between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather Jr.

As transcribed by Fight News, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza explained that the fight will not be sanctioned by the WBA. “I believe that this would only be an exhibition match. I don’t think that it’s good for boxing for this to be endorsed as an official fight. I think both are great athletes, but Floyd is retired and if he wants to return there are great boxers he can face to give a good show.” He said.

“I know this fight may take place. However, I want to make clear that the World Boxing Association will not be involved in the event. We respect both athletes and I think Mayweather has proven to be the best, just as McGregor has done in the UFC, but a fight between the two, if it happens, shouldn’t be more than an exhibition.” The president continued.