The glove size in the Aug. 26 Floyd Mayweather Jr.–Conor McGregor fight is in question, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission is determining if the junior middleweight bout will follow usual protocol or adhere to requests from the fighters’ camps.
Boxing typically uses 10-ounce gloves for weight classes beginning with junior middleweights (154 pounds), which is where this fight takes place. But Mayweather’s camp has submitted a request to have this fight feature 8-ounce gloves. McGregor’s camp is expected to submit a formal request for the lighter gloves as well, according to Keith Idec of Boxing Scene.
The NSAC will vote on the matter at its next meeting.
“They come before the commission [and] each party can discuss their reasoning,” NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said, via Sky Sports. “The chairman and commissioners openly discuss the request and vote on it. Our regulations require 10-ounce gloves, but I won’t say that there’s no negotiations.
“The promoters have a legal opportunity to submit a waiver, then appear before our commission to articulate why they think we should make an exception to our regulations. This is an anomaly. I haven’t experienced this in over three years on the job. I checked with the previous executive director, Hall-of-Famer Marc Ratner, and our program officer, who has been here for 30 years. To the best of their recollection, we have never had a request like this.”
Welterweights use 8-ounce gloves, and Mayweather spent most of the past decade fighting at that weight. However, he’s ventured up to 154 pounds (or a catch-weight of 152 against Canelo Alvarez) on a few occasions. Lighter gloves are preferred by punchers, however, so McGregor would seemingly stand to gain an advantage if the 8-ounce gloves are green-lit.
The 40-year-old boxer remains a sizable favorite over the 29-year-old MMA kingpin, though, but this would stand to help McGregor since his sport uses 4-ounce gloves.