One of the last pieces of logistics that needed tidying up in advance of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor’s August 26 fight in Las Vegas was the weight of their boxing gloves.
While there is usually a strict mandate that is based upon the weight of the fighters — specifically calling for 10 oz. gloves for a fight at 154 pounds — the Nevada State Athletic Commission has agreed to allow the fighters to square off in 8 oz. gloves.
For context, MMA gloves are 4 oz.’s and most boxers opt to spar in 16 oz gloves to limit the impact during their training.
McGregor has attempted to control the narrative relating to glove usage — insinuating that 8 oz. gloves would allow him to knock Mayweather out in two rounds.
“If we are in 8-ounce gloves, he will be floored multiple times in the first round,” McGregor said. “I believe first-round KO in 8-ounce gloves. The fact I can’t follow through in MMA and pound the head into the canvas and there’s a 10-count in boxing, maybe I’ll give him second round. But 8-ounce gloves, he will be done in two.”
Floyd later took to social media to address the issue, stating, “Don’t believe what you hear in the media. Don’t believe what you hear on blog sites. If it’s not coming directly from me, then it’s not true. I’m telling McGregor, ‘Let’s fight in 8 oz gloves.’ McGregor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses. I’ll be wearing 8 oz. Grant gloves. Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I’m willing to accommodate. Let’s give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.”
This decision comes even after the Association of Ringside Physicians, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and safety of boxers and mixed martial artists, deemed it a poor and dangerous proposition, saying, “we would strongly caution against allowing current regulations to be overruled. To do so would also set a precedent for future bouts.”
Shortly after the NSAC’s ruling, Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe addressed the issue with ESPN.
“Floyd wanted Conor to be as comfortable as possible, so there wouldn’t be any excuses,” Ellerbe said. “Conor has vowed he’ll knock out Floyd in four rounds. He recently corrected that and said if the commission approved 8-ounce gloves, he doesn’t give Floyd two rounds. I have no reason to believe he’s not feeling very confident and I want him to continue to have that confident attitude.”
Ultimately, only time will tell if Conor McGregor truly has the boxing acumen and skills to actually hit Floyd Mayweather.
For more fight coverage, check out McGregor’s sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi.
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