The social media banter between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has become a reality.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) approved Wednesday a “one-time” waiver to allow Mayweather and McGregor to wear lighter gloves than boxing rules dictate for their Aug. 26 fight in Las Vegas.
The motion passed unanimously to let the matchup be contested with 8-ounce gloves, rather than 10-ounce ones that the regulations state.
The glove size argument started two weeks ago on Instagram when Mayweather posted that he wanted to give McGregor an advantage in the fight by reducing the glove size. McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, wears 4-ounce gloves for MMA. McGregor responded that he didn’t really care either way what the size gloves were.
Both Mayweather and McGregor had representatives go before the commission Wednesday and explain why their respective fighters wanted 8-ounce gloves instead of 10-ouncers. Both reps said neither fighter was concerned that it would be a risk.
“On behalf of Team McGregor, we believe it’s fine,” said Michael Mersch, McGregor’s representative and a former UFC executive. “We don’t have any health and safety concerns on the behalf of our fighter.”
The commissioners, citing a lack of scientific evidence for their glove size rules dictated by weight class, all gave their approval. Chairman Anthony Marnell did say he was upset that Mayweather and McGregor had used the commission for promotion on social media.