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NSAC Head: Glove Change Was in Best Interest of Fighters, Fans

Conor McGregor doesn't need any help with his confidence, but with the approval to use 8-ounce gloves in his matchup with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26 just made him even more optimistic.

The Nevada Athletic Commission ruled earlier in the day the fight would use 8-ounce gloves rather than the traditional 10-ouncers mandated for any match above 147 pounds. McGregor and Mayweather agreed to a 154-pound bout.

Mayweather has used 8-ounce gloves in all but three of his 49 career fights, but McGregor doesn't care. The Irishman is still fully confident he will tally a knockout and hand Mayweather his first career loss.

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There was a lot of heat over the approval to lower the glove size. Many observers felt the NSAC's decision was influenced by the hundreds of millions that are involved in the event.

According to Nevada Commission head Bob Bennett, this decision to approve 8-ounce gloves was a for the benefit of the fighters and the fans.

"Conor is used to fighting in 4-ounce gloves. Floyd typically fights in 8-ounce gloves with three exceptions - 'Canelo', Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya - because he usually fights at welterweight [147lbs]," Bennett told Sky Sports.

"We evaluated our regulations and decided it was in the best interest of the fighters and the fans to deviate for one-time only. This is a one-time waiver with the caveat that the gloves must be inspected, which is standard procedure. The original pair must then be returned to the commission after the fight for our inspection."

Asked about safety concerns with the smaller gloves, Bennett said: "We initiated a study to see if there is a significant difference between 8oz and 10oz gloves. This study was not completed. We will proceed with the review. A one-time exception, while we continue this study, is applicable because you could argue that it's beneficial to each fighter."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SceneBoxer on 08-18-2017

Anything can happen in boxing and if something fatal happens in this fight then it's another big black eye for the sport. Anyway, if he dies, he dies ... So much for [I]"the health and safety of the athletes"[/I] ...

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;17956306]PAID!!! Despite reports to the contrary on social media from Floyd Mayweather, the Nevada State Athletic Commission will not allow his request to have the glove size changed in his pay-per-view boxing match against UFC champion Conor McGregor. But NSCA…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 08-17-2017

[QUOTE=Feint First;17955994]So much for geniuses like Chris Mannix and NSB posters claiming Floyd only agreed to 8 oz gloves because he knew the NSAC would never approve them lol.[/QUOTE] No one is right 100% of the time. And Mannix is…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 08-17-2017

Had bad is the world going to come down on the NSAC if Conor gets really f#cked up in this fight? 49-0 guy vs a guy making his pro debut. 8oz gloves over the usual 10oz gloves. This is gonna…

Comment by livershot73 on 08-17-2017

"NSAC Head: Glove Change Was in Best Interest of Fighters, Fans and Will Do Anything Possible To Make This Farce Appear Legit" ..... Sell, sell, sell!

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