Following a back-and-forth on social media, and the submission of formal requests to the commission, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have been approved to wear 8-ounce gloves…
The fighters formally petitioned the Nevada State Athletic Commission to allow them to wear 8-ounce gloves, instead of 10-ounce ones, when they throw hands on August 26th. Mayweather had begun a public campaign on social media to wear smaller gloves, in response to claims the decorated boxer had insisted on wearing larger gloves.
All this played into the narrative that McGregor would crush Mayweather in a MMA fight, which of course, would involve 4-ounce gloves (and a myriad of fighting techniques…).
Well, today the NSAC ruled on the request and they have signed off on 8-ounce gloves, despite significant cautions from the Association of Ringside Physicians (quote via MMA Fighting):
“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 the aforementioned state. “To do so would also set a precedent for future bouts.”
The commission, apparently, wasn’t all smiles about the situation either. According to a follow up report from MMA Fighting, Chairman Anthony Marnel had this to say:
“I do not like the Nevada State Athletic Commission being used as a pawn in a social media bout,” Marnell said. “Between these two, that part of this request pisses me off.
“This body is not the subject of two fighters … to create social media stir and other controversy to sell tickets and to sell DirecTV.”
But, at the end of the day, 8-ounce gloves are going to be worn, although apparently, the NSAC says this is a “one-time” thing. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Many believe that smaller gloves is more beneficial for McGregor, and he predicted he’d take Mayweather out inside of two rounds, if the lighter gloves were approved.
Mayweather – McGregor will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.