CONOR McGregor’s promoter has denied claims by Floyd Mayweather that the Irishman has been using IV bags to rehydrate in the lead up to their fight this weekend.
The 49-0 boxer has repeatedly suggested that McGregor would struggle to make weight for the fight this weekend, despite the Irishman’s previous success in the UFC’s 145lb featherweight division.
He will be required to weigh in at 154lb or less to avoid any financial penalty – but Mayweather suggested there had been foul play on McGregor’s side in order to help him make weight.
“He better be trying to get his weight down, my weight is down,” Mayweather told MMA Fighting.
Floyd Mayweather accused Conor McGregor of using IV bags to rehydrate
“I know he’s over right now, what he weighs. What I was told, I do my homework, I’ve been hearing a lot about him getting IV bags.
“I don’t know if it’s true… rumours. He got seven IV bags. You know with the Nevada commission, that’s illegal.”
The use of IV bags is largely prohibited by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to concerns that IV hydration could be used to dilute the presence of banned substances, making anti-doping efforts more difficult.
McGregor’s promoter Dana White told TMZ the claims were categorically untrue, pointing out that Mayweather himself had been cited for IV use in the past.
Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said the United States Anti-Doping Agency should not have permitted Mayweather’s use of an IV prior to his iconic fight against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.
Fans will find out whether Mayweather is telling the truth in less than 24 hours as the pair weigh-in for the bout ahead of Saturday’s showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.