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.
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.