Mayweather 'allows' McGregor to use 8 oz gloves

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Posted at Aug 02 2017 07:15 PM

But NSAC says Floyd, McGregor will use 10 oz

American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has agreed to change the rules regarding gloves size in his upcoming boxing showdown with mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor.

Instead of using 10-ounce gloves for their 12-round junior middleweight bout on August 26, Mayweather relented to using the smaller 8-ounce gloves.

“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,’” the unretired former pound for pound king said through social media.

He added that McGregor can choose any brand of gloves he wants for their boxing match.

“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,” said Mayweather.

“Let's give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.”

The fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

Based on Nevada State Athletic Commission rules, boxers weighing up to 135 pounds are required to use 8-ounce gloves, while boxers weighing over 135 pounds will have to wear 10-ounce gloves.

The smaller the gloves in a higher weight class means the heavier impact the fighters’ punches would be.

McGregor has been accustomed to use 4-ounce gloves in MMA bouts.

But despite Mayweather’s pronouncement, it looks like the fighters will have to settle using 10-ounce gloves.

"These regulations are in place for the health and safety of the athletes, which is of the utmost importance to the commission," Nevada commission executive director Bob Bennett said in ESPN.com. "Our regulations already outline the appropriate glove size according to contracted weight of a fight.")

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