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Ellerbe: Smaller Gloves Will Have Impact on Mayweather-McGregor

As reported earlier on BoxingScene.com, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will wear 8-ounce boxing gloves for their highly anticipated fight on Aug. 26.

Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) and McGregor requested the smaller size earlier this month instead of the usual 10-ounce gloves in their 154-pound bout. Both fighters submitted a waiver to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who approved the request on Wednesday morning.

The Nevada commission voted unanimously to approve the one-time exception to its own regulations, which state any boxing match contested above 147 pounds mandates 10-ounce gloves.

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The 29-year-old McGregor (21-3), who is the UFC's lightweight champion, uses 4-ounce gloves in mixed martial arts bouts. He was quick to respond to the social media post, saying he didn't care about glove size and pointed to Mayweather's "brittle hands."

“Floyd wants him to have every advantage possible that he can have,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told MMA Junkie. “Conor is a very confident young man, and I’m fully confident he’s going to lay it on the line. He’s representing not only the UFC brand, but he’s representing his country. He has the great fans from his country. They will be there backing him, and the millions of fans across the world will be tuned in watching this terrific event. We’re excited.”

“I think it will have an impact on the fight. From a fighter’s perspective, you’re more comfortable with fighting the smaller gloves. I’m pretty confident the fight will end in a knockout. Pretty confident. It’s something Conor wanted, something Floyd wanted, and both fighters got exactly what they wanted.

“Conor has guaranteed he’s going to knock Floyd out within four rounds. He just recently said he’s struggling to give him two rounds now. I fully expect him to be a man of his word and come out and be very aggressive in the small gloves. Floyd will be very aggressive, and it’s going to be a great fight. We’ve got a fight, ladies and gentlemen.”

Neither fighter has competed this year. Mayweather retired from professional boxing after defeating Andre Berto in September 2015 while McGregor bested Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by cameltoe on 08-17-2017

[QUOTE=lparm;17955495]Connor is the hardest puncher Floyd has ever fought. There is no comparison.[/QUOTE] Conor has 0 fights with 0 wins and 0 KO's. You have nothing to base this on other than MMA. In 4oz gloves. With opponents leaving their…

Comment by memphis mook on 08-16-2017

It's the curse of social media. We as boxing fans know reality because we commune HERE instead of Twitter and Fakebook.

Comment by eco1 on 08-16-2017

[QUOTE=b morph;17955555]You can bet your sweet ass its selling well. I see it on social media, ESPN, everyone is talking about this fight. My coworkers are talking about this fight and they don't care about boxing or MMA. My brother's…

Comment by bronx7 on 08-16-2017

Any mcregor fan who wants Floyd not coming out for the third because of mcregors 2 round ko guarantee with 8 oz gloves easy $ easy$ hit me up

Comment by memphis mook on 08-16-2017

Wrong it's different hitting an MMA opponent that's worried about more than punches and don't know how to roll or adjust to punches to the head. He has MMA punching power not elite boxing punching power. Floyd's fought at least…

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