Yet another update for the mega fight of “The Notorious” Conor McGregor vs. Floyd “Money” Mayweather set for 12 rounds on August 26, 2017. It is now approved and official, the two fighters will wear 8 ounce gloves when they fight one another on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada! The request came for the smaller gloves when McGregor claimed he could knock Mayweather out in two rounds if they were allowed to fight using the 8 ounce instead of the regulation 10 ounce gloves. Recently Team Mayweather agreed to use the smaller gloves claiming they want to give McGregor an “advantage” by using the 8 ounce gloves. McGregor responded by saying the size of the gloves make little difference to him.
Even more recent than that, a letter was sent to the Nevada State Athletic Commission advising against the use of smaller gloves in the fight. The letter was sent by a group of physicians and warned that the 8 ounce gloves may be too dangerous for the two fighters to use. It also warned of possible head related injuries that could happen to both fighters during the fight if they used anything smaller than the regulation 10 ounce boxing gloves. The letter was carefully read and examined. Finally today the Nevada State Athletic Commission reached a decision on the size of the gloves to be used in the historic fight.
It has been decided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that the two fighters will use the 8 ounce gloves during their fight against one another. This new agreement is a one time deal and was presented on a “one time wavier”. The Nevada State Athletic Commission said the reason for letting the two fighters wear non-regulation gloves for the fight is because of the, “historic value” of the fight. The Nevada State Athletic Commission basically wanted to make this very special fight, just a little more special for everyone. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also stated they have seen no scientific proof that 8 ounce gloves would be too dangerous for the fighters for this one time deal. They also noted they were, “pissed off” that the two fighters used the Nevada State Athletic Commission to promote their fight.
All that said, what does it all mean? It means that McGregor has some work to do if he’s going to keep to his word and knock out Mayweather by the start of the third round. It also means that Maywaether will have to learn to block punches a little bit differently since he won’t have the two large gloves he is use to. But all in all what it really means is, the fight of the century just got a lot more interesting. We’ll all continue to follow this fight and the details surrounding it until it finally comes to a climax on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. And I’ll give you my final thoughts and my fight predictions as we get a little closer to the fight. I’ll continue to monitor this fight and I’ll share updates with you as they come available.