Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will have the opportunity to state their case for 8oz gloves to be used during their super-fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has confirmed.
The August 26 bout is scheduled to take place at 154lbs and NSAC rules stipulate that 10oz gloves must be used in that weight class, but Mayweather recently challenged McGregor – who wears 4oz gloves when he fights in the UFC – to face him with 8oz gloves.
“Don’t believe what you hear in the media,” the undefeated boxer wrote on Instagram. “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 8oz 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.”
McGregor’s camp responded by claiming Mayweather’s comments were an “idle threat”, but it now appears as though ‘Money’s call was a genuine one after NSAC confirmed it will study requests for 8oz gloves to be used in the fight.
“Mayweather’s team has, and McGregor’s team are in the process [of submitting a request],” NSAC chief Bob Bennett told Sky Sports News HQ. “It will be heard at the commission’s next meeting.
“They [will] come before the commission, each party can discuss their reasoning. The chairman and commissioners openly discuss the request, and vote on it. Our regulations require 10oz gloves, but I won’t say that there’s no negotiations. The promoters have a legal opportunity to submit a waiver, then appear before our commission to articulate why they think we should make an exception to our regulations.
“This is an anomaly. I haven’t experienced this in over three years on the job. I checked with the previous executive director and our programme officer who has been here for 30 years. To the best of their recollection, we have never had a request like this. But the fact that we’ve never received a request does not negate the fact that [Mayweather and McGregor] have the opportunity [to file a request].”
But how will a change in glove size affect the fight?
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy – now an analyst for the company and for Sky Sports – has been looking at the issue and he believes Mayweather would be best off sticking with the mandatory 10oz gloves because they aid his defensive style in the ring.
“The biggest impact is on Floyd Mayweather’s defence,” Hardy wrote in his column for Sky Sports. “The 10oz boxing gloves are more of a defensive shield.
“In MMA you can be punched straight through your guard because the gloves are so small. In boxing, Floyd can use his lead shoulder to cover one side of his face and his glove to cover the other side. You can’t do that in MMA, so Floyd has an advantage with the bigger gloves.”