Why Mayweather vs McGregor couldn't have been held in Britain

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Even a week on from Conor McGregor's boxing debut defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, fans are still talking about one of the biggest fights ever produced.

After such a huge build up, it was always going to be difficult for the clash to live up to expectations but at least McGregor tried to put up a proper fight.

Ultimately, though, Mayweather's experience was enough to be crowned the winner in the 10th round, thereby extending his unbeaten record to 50-0 and keep his legacy safely secure.

Of course, for many boxing fans based in the UK, the timing of the fight in Las Vegas forced them to stay up ridiculously late - or get up very early - to watch the most anticipated clash of the year.

Obviously, that wouldn't be a problem had it been staged somewhere closer to McGregor's native Ireland, however.

So why wasn't it hosted somewhere in Britain?

Well, according to the secretary of the British Boxing Board, Robert Smith, Mayweather-McGregor actually wouldn't have been allowed to have taken place anywhere in Great Britain.

It has been revealed that despite McGregor's prowess in UFC, his lack of experience as a boxer would have prevented him from being granted a license to fight on these shores.

"I work for the boxing board of control but I obviously advise them and help them make a decision. I cannot see any reason why we'd give a license to a man making his debut to fight Floyd Mayweather," Smith told The Telegraph.

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"Would we have allowed him to fight Bradley Skeete (the British welterweight champion)? I doubt that very much. Would we have allowed him to fight Liam Smith or Liam Williams? I doubt that very much. We're asking him to fight Floyd Mayweather, a different kettle of fish altogether.

"I'm an administrator like they are (the Nevada State Athletic Commission) and I'm glad the question wasn't asked of us, I have to say,"

So, unfortunately, it was never really a possibility.

As we saw with Anthony Joshua's clash against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley earlier this year, the appetite for elite boxing in Britain is as high as it has been for quite some time so you would assume a fight of the magnitude of McGregor-Mayweather could have easily sold out most sporting venues.

Nevertheless, Smith says the gap in experience between the two men was just too much to justify granting McGregor a license.

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He added: "There would have been a lot of meetings and the decision would have been 'no', I'm fairly confident. But I wasn't in those meetings. I don't know what process they put in place. I certainly know that if we had the question we would have gone to the gym.

"If we're not sure about licensing any boxer, we will go to the gym and see them working with their trainers. What we're concerned about is that somebody can look after themselves."

"Not that they're going to be a world champion, but can they look after themselves? I'm fairly sure that if Conor McGregor applied for a license with us or the BUI he'd possibly get a license, but he wouldn't be able to box someone like Floyd Mayweather or box for a British or Irish championship in his first professional fight. That's a different thing altogether.

"He (McGregor) was strong and fit and certainly very gutsy but never a boxer. Or certainly not a high level boxer. That's a different thing altogether. There's a difference between a boxer and somebody to box Floyd Mayweather or even a British champion. But he did a good job. He hasn't done himself any harm."

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