All of this carrying on about gloves makes me think that we really need to get to fight night when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor can finally get to it.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has made a one-time exception and will allow Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor to wear eight-ounce gloves in their epic PPV showdown on August 26th, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
“Unless there is scientific evidence to support the view that such a change might improve the safety of the bout, we should strongly caution against allowing current regulations to be over-ruled,” ARP board chairman Dr. Raymond Monsell wrote in a letter to Nevada’s athletic commission, according to MMAFighting.com’s March Raimondi.
“To do so would also set a precedent for future bouts.”
“Both guys have agreed that they want to fight in eight-ounce gloves,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said, according to Raimondi.
“I think with the mindset that both guys have, they’re looking to knock each other out…” Ellerbe continued.
“I think the probability increases if both guys are wearing eight-ounce gloves that somebody is getting knocked out.”
“Both guys are looking to knock each other out. The smaller the gloves, the better. Conor is used to fighting in four-ounce gloves, Floyd is used to fighting in eight-ounce gloves.”
8-ounce gloves are typically used for fights under the 147-pound designation.
Mayweather made the request for the glove size and McGregor had no issue with it.
“If we’re eight ounces, I’m struggling to give him two rounds, and that’s the God’s honest truth,” McGregor stated per MMAjunkie.com’s Simon Samano.
“The only reason I maybe give him two rounds is because in this game the referee stops me from pounding his head into the canvas, and he has 10 seconds to recover. That’s the only reason why he might get to the second round.”