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Mayweather vs. McGregor: NSAC breaks its own rules, approves 8oz gloves for fight

The Nevada State Athletic Commission approved the request through a unanimous vote.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour - Toronto Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

In a rather stunning, but really not so stunning move, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially approved a request from both Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to wear 8oz gloves in their junior middleweight fight on August 26. ESPN broke the news just minutes ago.

The decision could be perceived as setting a negative precedent as the commission’s own rules require that any fight contested at 154lbs and over demand 10oz gloves for the sake of fighter safety. But apparently that was not of the utmost importance in this big-money fight.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael offered his thoughts on the commission’s decision.

For McGregor, this is more of a ‘get what you ask for’ scenario as I personally think 8oz gloves will only make him more vulnerable to Floyd’s sharp attacks. The smaller gloves provide less surface area for defense, but Conor says he’s going to knock Floyd out in just two rounds with these smaller gloves — so perhaps he think this is an advantage for him. It’s not.

This fight aside, we’ll have to keep a close eye on what this ruling means for future fights as the precedent for changing regulations has now officially been set. Maybe we’ll soon be seeing heavyweights fight in four ounce gloves upon request, or in no gloves at all. As Kevin Garnett once famously screamed, ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLLLLLE!’

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