It looks like Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather could well end up wearing 8-ounce gloves after all.
Extraordinary news broke in the early hours of Thursday morning as Bob Bennett, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, announced that a formal request regarding the Mayweather/McGregor bout was being reviewed.
According to the NSAC director, both Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have submitted official requests to have the glove size reduced for their junior middleweight fight on Aug. 26 and now, the Commission is set to vote on the application.
“Both camps have submitted a waiver by the date we requested, which was today,” Bennett told ESPN. “The commission will hear both camps’ reasoning as to why it should deviate from its regulations during a scheduled meeting on Aug. 16. Our chairman Anthony Marnell will then lead a conversation with the other commission members and they will vote on it that day.”
Having written to the NSAC after Floyd had announced that he would be wearing 8-ounce gloves last week, Pundit Arena was informed that the fighters may be permitted to wear lighter mitts should they both submit a formal waiver requesting to do so.
Mayweather vs. McGregor contract weight is 154lbs and our regulations require they wear 10 oz gloves. To change the weight of the gloves for the fight, they are required to submit a waiver memorializing the reasons to deviate from the aforementioned information. Thereafter both parties would be required to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission and articulate a specific logical reason why we should deviate from our regulations. Naturally, health and safety is always our number one priority.
There’s still some distance to go before this one is actually given the go ahead with the NSAC not set to vote until next Wednesday. However, given the fact that both men have actually submitted a formal request to the commission, things certainly seem to have taken a giant step forward.