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Conor McGregor’s camp hires hall-of-fame referee to get more comfortable with boxing rules

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Conor McGregor’s camp has hired hall-of-fame referee Joe Cortez to get themselves used to boxing’s rule set.

Conor McGregor is covering all bases ahead of his August 26th fight against Floyd Mayweather. After having retired two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi as one of his recent sparring partners, the McGregor camp has apparently hired hall-of-fame referee Joe Cortez to get themselves more used to boxing’s unified rules.

In a recent interview with Helen Yee of NBC Sports, the 73-year-old Cortez spoke in detail about his role in the Irishman’s training camp.

“They were recruiting around for a referee to teach them the rules on refereeing – the unified rules – to make sure that there’s no mistakes being committed the night of the fight, when he fights Floyd Mayweather on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena here in Las Vegas,” Cortez said. “So, I’m just instructing him on the dos and don’ts, to make sure he follows the rules to a tee.”

Cortez will be working with McGregor for five more weeks, and so far, he has been impressed with what he has seen from “The Notorious” inside the boxing ring, strictly playing by Queensberry rules.

“We’re going from A to Z, it’s something that you don’t learn overnight. But I’m pretty impressed with his learning and he’s not a difficult guy to work with. He’s very easy, and he follows instructions very well, and I feel good he’s learning so quick.”

As far as McGregor’s skill set goes, Cortez offered a contrarian point of view and believes it will not be a one-sided affair, as opposed to most pre-fight assessments.

“He’s a sharp individual who is very athletic, has a lot of speed, has a lot of power, and I could tell you that he’s gonna be somebody to reckon with,” Cortez said. “He’s not gonna be an easy guy. He’s one of the best champions the UFC has ever had, and the MMA sport, so I’d say he brings a lot of activity, a lot of action to the sport.”

“It’s going to be very competitive. I think (him and Floyd) are both gonna bring a lot to the game.”

Cortez, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011, has been the third man in the ring in a lot of high-profile boxing matches, including the controversial fight between Mayweather and Victor Ortiz.