In a rather surprising move, the Nevada State Athletic Commission is set to hear and consider arguments as to why Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor should be able to wear 8oz gloves for their 154lb fight at their next scheduled meeting. Commission rules state that boxing matches at contested at 154lbs and above require 10oz gloves. But, you know, ‘money talks’ as they say.
NSAC executive director Bob Bennett had this to say on the hearing when talking to Sky Sports:
"Our regulations require 10oz gloves. But I won't say that there's no negotiations.
"The promoters have a legal opportunity to submit a waiver, then appear before our commission to articulate why they think we should make an exception to our regulations.”
It’s hard to say if there’s any precedent for this, but as far as Bennett is concerned the commission has never received such a request before. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to at least entertain the idea.
The commission will hear arguments from Mayweather and McGregor’s team, who are both in favor of wearing smaller gloves, and then discuss and vote on the matter.