If the glove size fits, well, it gets a bit complicated.
Mayweather Promotions has inquired about the process of having the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor bout contested using 8-ounce gloves, rather than the 10 ounces required by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), NAC executive director Bob Bennett confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday.
Mayweather started a social media hullabaloo Tuesday when he posted to Instagram about changing the glove size for the Aug. 26 megafight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“Don’t believe what you hear in the media,” Mayweather wrote. “Don’t believe what you hear on blog sites. If it’s not coming directly from me, then it’s not true. I’m telling McGregor, “Let’s fight in 8 oz gloves”.”
The reason for this conversation is that McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, wears 4-ounce gloves in MMA. Mayweather and McGregor went back and forth over glove size during the MayMac World Tour last month. McGregor wrote on Instagram on Wednesday that he doesn’t “give a f*ck about the size of the glove.”
There is a perception that if the glove size is smaller, there will be an increase in punching power. A lot has been made in the promotion of this fight about the power in McGregor’s left hand and how that could be a key against Mayweather.
NAC regulations say that 8-ounce gloves cannot be used in boxing matches contested at more than 147 pounds. Mayweather and McGregor are fighting at 154 pounds.
Per Nevada rule, in boxing matches fought at 135 pounds or less, 8-ounce gloves must be worn. If the bout is between 135 and 147, 10-ounce gloves are traditionally used, but 8-ounce gloves can be worn if agreed to by both sides. Above 147 pounds, 10-ounce gloves are the rule.
Bennett said if Mayweather and McGregor both want their fight to be contested using 8-ounce gloves, they would have to state their case in front of the commission at its next meeting Aug. 16 and could be awarded a waiver,.
“They would have to come before the commission and articulate why they should be permitted to have their fight using 8-ounce gloves,” Bennett said. “The chairman (Anthony Marnell) and commissioners would make the determination with the health and safety of the fighters being the number-one priority.”
Bennett said Mayweather Promotions inquired about the process of getting the fight to be contested with 8-ounce gloves Tuesday, but no official petitions to go before the commission have come in as of Wednesday afternoon.
“They wanted to know what the process and what their options were,” Bennett said.