Nevada Commission To Vote On Gloves For Mayweather/McGregor

When it was first agreed upon, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor‘s blockbuster boxing match was supposed to be contested in 10 oz. gloves, but over the last few weeks the tone has changed.

After being criticized for demanding the use of 10 oz. gloves, which may limit the power of McGregor’s punches, the undefeated Mayweather attempted to silence his critics by challenging McGregor to box in 8 oz gloves. McGregor then responded that he was all for it, and now, the wheels seem to be in motion.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Nevada Athletic Commission director Bob Bennett explained that the issue regarding glove size will be voted on at the commission’s next meeting.

“Mayweather’s team has, and McGregor’s team [is] in the process [of submitting a request],” Bennett said (h/t BoxingScene). “It will be heard at the commission’s next meeting.”

“They come before the commission [and] each party can discuss their reasoning,” Bennett continued “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.”

With these logistics still be planned out, one has to wonder if it does change to 8 oz gloves, does Mayweather’s camp have enough time to prepare if they haven’t already, and if McGregor truly gains a power advantage with the size change?

We will find out this Wednesday as the commission will meet at 9am local time.

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