NSAC Changes Rules for Mayweather-McGregor
Published: August 16, 2017
LAS VEGAS - Earlier today the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) decided to allow the use of eight-ounce gloves for this month’s potential blockbuster between Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) and Conor McGregor (0-0). Generally, boxers fighting above the 147-pound weight limit are required to wear 10-ounce gloves. However, the commission decided that there was not a significant enough difference between eight-ounce and 10-ounce gloves that would cause either fighter more damage to their health.
The bout will be taking place in the Super Welterweight division of 154-pounds and will be scheduled to go 12 rounds. McGregor in numerous interviews has stated that the allowance of eight-ounce gloves in his fight with Mayweather will allow him to get a second round stoppage on the undefeated five-division champion. The fight is seen as such a mismatch by most media and pundits that the move from 10-ounce to eight-ounce gloves has many believing that it is just a publicity stunt to bring more attention to the fight.
While McGregor may think that he has an advantage wearing eight-ounce gloves, Mayweather has fought in eight-ounce gloves for a vast majority of his career. The only fights Mayweather has worn 10-ounce gloves were in his fights at Super Welterweight against Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Saul Alvarez.
This is not the first time the NSAC has bent the rules or made an exception for Mayweather. Back in 2012, Mayweather was supposed to serve time in jail for a domestic violence dispute. However, it was postponed so Mayweather could face Miguel Cotto. Mayweather was granted a one-fight license by the commission.
The referee for the Mayweather-McGregor bout will be the longstanding veteran, Robert Byrd. Byrd referred Mayweather’s fight with Robert Guerrero in May 2013. The three judges that have been appointed for the fight are Nevada’s Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, and Italy’s Guido Cavalleri.
Mayweather-McGregor will take place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be shown on Showtime PPV.
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