Just when you thought the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight couldn’t get anymore interesting, both combat stars recently agreed to swap their 10-ounce gloves for eight-ounce gloves. Mayweather was the first to introduce the idea, while McGregor agreed to the change in quick fashion.
While the potential glove change still has to get special permission from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) when it meets on Aug. 16, McGregor is already confident in the swap.
“If we’re eight ounces I’m struggling to give him two rounds,” McGregor said earlier today (Fri., Aug. 11, 2017) at his open media workout (full replay here) live from inside the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada. “That’s the gods honest truth. The only reason I maybe give him two rounds is because in this game the referee stops me from pounding his head into the canvas. And he has 10 seconds to recover. That’s the only reason he might get to the second round.”
McGregor explained even further as to why he’s going to have an upper hand over Mayweather when the two combat stars meet in two weeks.
“I move different. I strike different,” McGregor said. “I’m from a different game. I’m from a more ruthless game. You can sugarcoat it any way you want. We get smacked with elbows and we don’t cry. We just have to eat it. We get a smack of a shin bone, a knee, a foot, a heel, and you’ve got to just handle it yourself. So that’s the game I come from.”
When asked where he gets his self confidence from McGregor responded by saying “hard work.”
While smaller gloves would undoubtedly help McGregor’s power land with more ferocity, it will also diminish Mayweather’s ability to block punches with his hands. Of course, smaller gloves with only speed up Mayweather’s punches inside of the ring, so both fighters would stand to benefit from a change from 10 ounces to eight.
McGregor and Mayweather will meet on Aug. 26 live on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a preliminary card airing on FOX.