Conor McGregor: Lighter Gloves Approved by Commission
Aug 17 2017 by Johnnie Parsons
Kenny Bayless, the official for many of Mayweather's recent bouts, was ruled out after previously voicing his criticism of the clash, which will see the 49-0 Mayweather taking on, in McGregor, a man making his boxing debut. "Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I'm willing to accommodate".
The Commission's chairman Anthony Marnell did express his disappointment that the size of the gloves was a constant topic of debate in the promotion of the fight.
Mayweather dismissed any claims he himself had designs on using any martial arts moves on McGregor, stating: "I'm not gonna do that".
McGregor fights with 4-ounce gloves in the UFC and Mayweather mostly used 8-ounce gloves during his boxing career.
"To me it's not really a fight, it's more of a spectacle. You have pros and cons on both sides", he said of the new glove size. And I don't know what you want me to say about the guy.
Although Nevada rules stipulate that in boxing matches contracted over 147 pounds the fighters must use 10-ounce gloves, McGregor wanted smaller ones and Mayweather agreed. I think it affects the contest. "I am ready to destroy in the first 10 seconds".
Betting on this fight started a long time ago, with bookmakers installing Mayweather as the overwhelming favourite. I know them in the media are like it's 10, it's 8. I do not care about his achievements. And with 42 massive HD TVs, you'll catch every single thrilling moment of the fight in glorious, ringside quality.
"No, it's going to be bigger than the Pacquiao fight", Mayweather added.
Some are predicting it to be the first ever billion dollar fight in combat sports history.
McGregor's future beyond his boxing debut has been queried by MMA fans who fear he may not be motivated to return to UFC after earning a reported $100m in facing Mayweather.
But the American insisted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he is committed to throwing caution against the wind when he takes on McGregor in less than two weeks' time.