Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor is abandoning his post at 155 pounds to try his luck in the “sweet science,” courtesy of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match on Sat., Aug. 26, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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But while the original agreement called for 10-ounce gloves, Mayweather recently petitioned McGregor to have the size scaled down to eight ounces.
“Let's fight in 8 oz gloves,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram. “I'll be wearing 8oz. Grant gloves. McGregor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses. Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I'm willing to accommodate.”
Gloves used in mixed martial arts (MMA) range between four and six ounces, while boxing mitts can go as low as eight ounces and as high as 20 ounces; however, anything below 147 pounds is restricted to eight ounces in “Sin City.”
Since Mayweather vs. McGregor is being contested at 154 pounds, that may require signatures from the folks at Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), seeing as how contracts have already been signed.
Not that McGregor cares.
“Pick whatever size gloves you want as well little man,” the Irishman wrote on Instagram. “I fight with 4oz. I don't give a fuck about the size of the glove. I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands.”
Then again, this is probably just another way for Mayweather to plug his current sponsor.