Mayweather And McGregor To Request Smaller Gloves For Fight
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are both asking to change the size of the gloves for their fight on 26 August.
Under Nevada State Athletic Commission rules, both men must wear 10oz gloves because they're fighting in the 154lbs weight division.
However, Mayweather has formally requested they use smaller gloves to make McGregor 'more comfortable'.
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Mayweather, who has previously worn the smaller gloves, said: "Let's fight in 8oz gloves. McGregor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses. I'll be wearing 8oz Grant gloves.
"Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I'm willing to accommodate. Let's give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see."
While fighting in the UFC, McGregor would have worn 4oz gloves.
Neither fighter is used to wearing the 10oz gloves. Credit: PA
According to Sky Sports, McGregor's camp is also in the process of submitting a request, too.
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Now, NSAC's boss Bob Bennett has said the matter will have to be discussed formally by the commission.
He said: "They come before the commission, each party can discuss their reasoning. The chairman and commissioners openly discuss the request, and vote on it.
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"Our regulations require 10oz gloves. But I won't say that there's no negotiations.
"This is an anomaly. I haven't experienced this in over three years on the job.
"But the fact that we've never received a request does not negate the fact that [Mayweather and McGregor] have the opportunity [to submit their own request]."
The lighter gloves offer less cushioning for competitors'
hands and, in theory, result in more punishing blows.
Source: Sky Sports
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