UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather have both come forward to ask a rather strange request of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the lead up to their much-anticipated boxing super fight on August 26th. With just fifteen days to go until the two men face each other in the ring, it seems like they are both now looking to make a substantial change to the rules under which they will fight.
Under the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), both men need to be wearing 10-ounce gloves in order to be able to fight in the 154-pound division. Mayweather has now formally requested to the NSAC that the two combat sports stars be able to wear smaller gloves in order to make McGregor feel “more comfortable” in the bout. McGregor traditionally wears 4-ounce gloves when he fights inside the UFC’s octagon, with the gloves comprising of little more than some light padding and leather.
Mayweather has worn smaller gloves before, saying that he’s happy to make the change for the bout with McGregor. “Let’s fight in 8oz gloves. McGregor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses. I’ll be wearing 8oz Grant gloves,” he said. “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 is supposedly submitting a request to the NSAC too, but according to NSAC boss Bob Bennett, the issue will need to be talked about formally with the commission.
“They come before the commission, each party can discuss their reasoning. The chairman and commissioners openly discuss the request, and vote on it,” he said in an interview with SkySports. “Our regulations require 10oz gloves. But I won’t say that there are no negotiations… This is an anomaly. I haven’t experienced this in over three years on the job.”
Men who wear smaller gloves within the cage, in theory, have more success causing breaks in the skin, as well as higher amounts of overall damage, and this could see McGregor feeling much more at home when he steps into the ring on August 26th.
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