Conor McGregor wants eight-ounce gloves for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, and he just might get what he asked for.
Mayweather agreed to the request from the Irishman, and surprisingly, the Nevada State Athletic Commission placed the proposed change on its monthly agenda Wednesday. Boxers in Nevada wear eight-ounce gloves in fights contested at 147 pounds or below. Bouts fought at 154 pounds — like Mayweather-McGregor will be on August 26 in Las Vegas — feature boxers wearing 10-ounce gloves.
McGregor, who is used to donning 4-ounce gloves in UFC matchups, relishes the opportunity to wear smaller padding against Mayweather. After all, if he has any chance at all, it’s a puncher’s chance, and blows are heavier with smaller gloves.
The bigger the fighter, the harder the puncher, generally speaking. So the Association of Ringside Physicians, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and safety of combat sports athletes, spoke out against the proposed rule change Tuesday
“The Association of Ringside Physicians understands that consideration is being given to amend current regulations, and in so doing, permit the use of 8 oz. gloves in the forthcoming boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor,” Dr. Raymond M. Monsell, chairman of the Association of Ringside Physicians’ board of directors, wrote in a plea to the commission on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by RingTV.com.
“This is a bout that has already been set [at] a specified weight class. Unless there is scientific evidence to support the view that such a change might improve the safety of this bout, we would strongly caution against allowing current regulations to be overruled. To do so would also set a precedent for future bouts.”
Monsell didn’t immediately respond to an email from RingTV.com seeking comment.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the officials and judges will be selected for the Mayweather-McGregor 12-round bout.
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger
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