While Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will scuffle this month at the junior middleweight limit of 154 lbs, the Nevada State Athletic Commission cited health concerns in overruling Mayweather’s request for 8 oz gloves, via ESPN:
“These regulations are in place for the health and safety of the athletes, which is of the utmost importance to the commission. Our regulations already outline the appropriate glove size according to contracted weight of a fight.”
Nevada Commission executive Bob Bennett
Mayweather, who enjoys a history of swaying NSAC rule tweaks, had these statements concerning his favored mitt prior to yesterday’s ruling:
“Don’t believe what you hear in the media... I’m telling McGregor let’s fight in 8 oz gloves... I’ll be wearing 8 oz Grant gloves.”
The undefeated 40-year-old’s bravado counters McGregor’s insistence that 154 lbs was chosen to avoid using 8 oz gloves, which are commonly mandated in divisions below junior middleweight.
Though, per reports, Mayweather felt NSAC officials would authorize 8 oz gloves if both fighters requested the stipulation in writing, a notion the governing body denied.
With this matter settled, Mayweather and McGregor ready for an August 26 clash between the brashest egos and fists of the combat sporting world.