Nevada Commission approves smaller gloves for Mayweather vs. McGregor

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will now battle it out in eight-ounce gloves.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the one-time measure to allow Mayweather and McGregor to use smaller gloves for their fight on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

Because Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place at 154-pounds, the required glove size is typically 10-ounces, but both fighters requested an exception for their fight.

While several commissioners raised potential objections to the move due to current regulations in place that require 10-ounce gloves for fights above 147-pounds, the governing body ultimately voted to approve the measure.

Mayweather had suggested moving down to eight-ounce gloves a couple of weeks ago in an Instagram post and McGregor responded with his approval to use the smaller gloves as well.

Representatives from both camps made statements on Wednesday at the commission hearing before the vote was taken to approve the move from 10-ounce gloves to eight-ounce gloves.

As soon as the vote was added to the Nevada Commission’s agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, McGregor promised that allowing him to use smaller gloves would be a disastrous move on Mayweather’s part.

“If we go eight-ounces, which we are very close to I believe, there’s commission hearings so I’m very pleased about that,” McGregor said last week. “He’ll be unconscious inside two rounds. Really one round, only for the 10-second count, I will give him surviving into the second [round] but if it’s not and it’s 10-ounce [gloves] maybe four rounds.

“Under [10] ounce, he is certainly unconscious and that’s it.”

Now McGregor will get the opportunity back up his prediction when he wears the eight-ounce gloves for the fight with Mayweather, which is now only 10 days away.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.