The Nevada State Athletic Commission has given the green light for Conor McGregor’s proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather.
The pair are rumoured to have agreed a date in June, with the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas set to host the bout on the 10th.
Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett said: “It’s definitely an approvable fight.”
In an interview with World Boxing News he says although no application for a license has been received, issuing the approval would be a formality:
"All Conor has to do now, if he’s so inclined to, is apply for a boxing license. He’s certainly eligible and we hope that he does.
“This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, it is a bit of an anomaly, it’s unusual because both fighters are phenomenal fighters.
“Even though this would be Conor’s pro debut as a boxer, there is some precedence, but this would be the first time we see two fighters at this level, one from the MMA world and one from boxing, having a fight.
“I think there’s incredible buzz and electricity going on between the MMA world and the boxing world, they want to see these two fight each other.”
“We are the fight capital of the world and we’d love to have him back here in Vegas.
"We had a very productive, professional and cordial meeting with Conor and his attorneys. His litigation is over, he’s paid his fine as we had a rehearing and he paid what was asked of him.”
McGregor has yet to be issued with a boxing licence by the state of Nevada, although he holds one in California.
Word from the Dubliner’s camp indicate he is already preparing for the bout. His coach John Kavanagh told TheMacLife.com:
“In my mind it’s on. That’s the mentality we’re in. There are a lot of fingers in the pie on this one.
“We’re getting ready to fight arguably one of the best defensive boxers of all time, but the training will become simplified as we only have to do boxing, so it’s a new challenge I’m excited about.”