Nevada Athletic Commission director Bob Bennett revealed that Floyd Mayweather’s team actually inquired about changing the glove size to eight ounces.
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have been verbally sparring via social media this past couple of days. Their main issue: glove size.
Mayweather first broached the idea of changing the agreed upon glove size, from ten ounces to the lighter eight-ounce version. McGregor, who has been ripping on his August 26th opponent for having “brittle b-tch hands”, responded by calling the bluff.
On Wednesday, Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett revealed to MMA Fighting that the Mayweather team actually reached out to them to inquire about the possible glove change. According to him, “The Money Team” would need to make a case as to why the change should be made, and if both teams pleaded their case at an August 16th commission meeting, a waiver could be awarded.
“They would have to come before the commission and articulate why they should be permitted to have their fight using 8-ounce gloves. The chairman (Anthony Marnell) and commissioners would make the determination with the health and safety of the fighters being the number-one priority,” Bennett explained.
According to Nevada’s overhauled combative sports regulations that were made effective in September 2016, it has been mandated that fighters over 135 pounds should wear ten-ounce gloves. Those who will be permitted to wear eight-ounce gloves are fighters between the 135-pound to the 147-pound range, upon agreement. Fighters competing above the 147-pound limit will not be granted the same option.
The regulation also stipulates that the commission will only be allowed to deviate from the ruling is if there is a title on the line.
Bennett also clarified that Mayweather’s team only made some inquiries, and have not submitted any official petition.
Mayweather vs. McGregor will be scheduled for 12 rounds at 154 pounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.