Mayweather agrees to give McGregor an 8 oz glove advantage in fight.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. just made a sacrifice that ought to silence his portion of doubters who've been whining about his penchant to dictate the glove-size in fights, to his advantage. Conor McGregor has been making wisecracks about Floyd's "brittle hands" while passively raising the likelihood that he's going to ensure that they lace up with "pillows," so that he doesn't have to feel the full brunt of MMA champion power on fight night. On Wednesday [August 2], Floyd put his naysayers in check, with confirmation that he is petitioning the Nevada State Athletic Commission to allow them to cut down on the standard glove size for a 154-pound fight by two ounces.
“Don't believe what you hear in the media. Don't believe what you hear on blog sites. If it's not coming directly from me, then it's not true,” Mayweather told fans in a message posted to Instagram. “I'm telling McGregor, ‘Let's fight in 8 oz gloves.' McGregor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses. I'll be wearing 8 oz Grant gloves."
Conditions for the fight had previously established that Mayweather and McGregor would meet with 10-ounce gloves, which is the general rule for a fight at 135 and above. However, fighters have the option of wearing 8-ounce gloves if they both agree to it in time to get the commission to sign off on their request before fight night. 8-ounce gloves are typically relegated for fights that take place at 135 and below. Conor McGregor is used to fighting with a firm 4-ounce glove, which would be unheard of in boxing. The UFC star took to social media to write off Floyd's move, saying, "Pick whatever size gloves you want as well little man. I fight with 4oz. I don't give a f*** about the size of the glove. I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands.”