BREAKING – Nevada State Athletic Commission grant 8oz gloves exception for Mayweather-McGregor

The Nevada State Athletic Commission have this evening confirmed that they will be employing a “one-fight exception” for the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor fight next weekend and the light middleweight pair will be allowed to wear 8oz gloves.

Dubliner McGregor makes his debut on Saturday August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, taking on five-weight champion Mayweather, live on Showtime PPV and Sky Box Office.

As the fight was made at light middleweight (154lbs), NSAC rules dictate that the fighters at this weight must wear 10oz gloves, rather than the more destructive 8oz variant.

In Nevada, fights at or below super featherweight (130lbs) require 8oz gloves, while light middleweight and above require 10oz gloves. Weights in between these use 10oz gloves unless both fighters agree to 8oz gloves.

‘The Notorious’ is accustomed to wearing 4oz mixed martial arts gloves in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

McGregor would chide Mayweather over this issue during their world press tour, and the American would hit back afterwards, suggesting that the pair wear 8oz gloves for the mega money fight.

NSAC chief Bob Bennett dismissed this idea initially, but would later change his tune and revealed that the issue would be up for discussion at the next commission meeting as both camps had filed for an exemption.

In the past hour now the NSAC have confirmed that 8oz gloves can be used for the fight next weekend – under circumstances

The commissioners noted that both fighters must use the same brand of glove and that the weight of the glove be spread in the same way. The NSAC will also require to extensively inspect the gloves beforehand.

The decision today was voted in unanimously by the NSAC.

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