Mayweather-McGregor may use 8 ounce gloves

August 10, 2017

The Nevada State Athletic Commission will be looking into changing the glove size for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight at its next meeting on August 16th.  Mayweather has requested that the glove size be changed from the typical 10-ounce gloves for the 147-pound weight division to 8 ounce gloves.

In MMA, the glove weight is four ounces.

In a report on BoxingScene.com, Association of Boxing Commission rules dictate that boxers must wear 8 ounce gloves contested at the 147 pound weight limited and lower.  Above the 147 pound require boxers to wear the 8 ounce gloves.

Mayweather went on social media to make it known that he is making the request for the change.

Don’t believe what you hear in the media. Don’t believe what you hear on blog sites. If it’s not coming directly from me, then it’s not true. I’m telling McGregor, “Let’s fight in 8 oz gloves”. McGregor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses. I’ll be wearing 8 oz Grant gloves. Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I’m willing to accommodate. Let’s give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see. @grantworldwide @mayweatherpromotions

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According to the report, the parties may have a right to submit a waiver before the commission to use the 8 ounce gloves and explain the reasons why.  The commission will then vote on the waiver.  However, it appears that this has rarely, if ever, has happened.

This is not the first time Mayweather has sparred with his opponent over gloves.  He disputed the use of Everlast gloves by Marcos Maidana in their first fight in 2014.

Payout Perspective:

At first, it seemed like a ploy with Floyd knowing that the contract stated it was 147 pounds.  But now – it still seems like a plea for fans to watch the fight.  The public relations aspect here is that Floyd wants to make it clear that Conor McGregor has a chance of beating him.  The smaller gloves are supposed to be advantageous for the MMA fighter.  With most analysts acknowledging that McGregor has little, if any chance, the parties are thinking of something to make it seem more competitive.  The 8 ounce gloves provide some semblance of leveling a playing field with the opportunity for McGregor to knock Floyd out.  I would assume this happens as the commission will likely allow the sides to proceed so long as each party agrees.

8 Responses to “Mayweather-McGregor may use 8 ounce gloves”

  1. Random Dude on August 11th, 2017 8:31 AM
  2. d on August 11th, 2017 8:50 AM

    “But he’s also correct about ticket sales, given it makes sense that the cheapest (a relative term in this case) would have sold first and those in much higher-priced areas of the arena probably will be grabbed closer to Aug. 26 by celebrities and corporate suits wanting to attend. The gate appears just fine.”

    Your source.

  3. Random Dude on August 11th, 2017 12:49 PM

    D, my point is simple but you don’t seem to get it and make responses that don’t address it.

    May-Pac was the more popular fight than May-McGregor.

    The May-Pac fight was sold out long before 2 weeks to the fight.

    The May-Pac fight also had the same high price for the ringside seats, $10,000. Those were sold out immediately. Not so for this McGregor matchup.

    http://www.boxingscene.com/ellerbe-nothing-slow-about-mayweather-mcgregor-ticket-sales–119379

    “According to an ESPN.com story, there were 2,797 tickets available on TicketMaster.com as of Thursday night. There also were more than 2,000 secondary-market tickets available at StubHub.com on Thursday night.”

  4. d on August 11th, 2017 5:56 PM

    Yes, and my point is very simple, you don’t have any evidence to support that theory as a whole.

    The May-Pac fight was sold out long before two weeks to the fight because they released less than 1k tickets. It is kind of difficult not to sell out when the promotion itself buys 16k out of the 17k tickets. You have no idea how long it took for them to sell all of those tickets. As for the secondary market, the tickets were priced higher as a whole for this event and there were 3k more tickets available.

    There were no 10k seats for May-Pac. Tickets peaked at $7,500 for May-Pac, whereas May-McG they peak at 10k.

    Right, so according to ESPN, they’ve already sold more tickets than May-Pac with 2 weeks to go. The gate for this event will likely exceed May-Pac, the foreign market will be much bigger than May-Pac. In terms of total popularity it is hard to evaluate that, but in terms of total revenue, it looks like this fight will easily exceed that of May-Pac.

  5. Random Dude on August 11th, 2017 7:06 PM

    “There were no 10k seats for May-Pac. Tickets peaked at $7,500 for May-Pac, whereas May-McG they peak at 10k.”

    OK so you don’t know what you are talking about. Good to know.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/boxing/la-sp-mayweather-mcgregor-tickets-20170807-story.html

    “Ringside seats cost $10,000 apiece at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the same price for a ticket to Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.”

  6. d on August 11th, 2017 7:45 PM

    https://www.si.com/boxing/2015/03/11/floyd-mayweather-manny-pacquiao-fight-ticket-price

    “Tickets for the May 2 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will cost between $1,500 and $7,500, promoters announced at a press conference Wednesday. ”

    Seems like there are conflicting sources.

  7. d on August 11th, 2017 8:14 PM

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2015/05/01/ticket-prices-for-mayweather-vs-pacquiao-plummet-50-over-past-week/#4cbd284712b6

    Okay, so this clarifies it. There were $10k ringside seats but they were not available to the public. So, no, they were not sold immediately. They were purchased by the those involved with the promotion and then re-sold and you don’t know exactly when they were sold. The release date for the tickets was also much closer to the event for May-Pac, whereas these were released over 3 weeks prior to the fight.

  8. Fight Fan on August 12th, 2017 6:59 AM

    Fight is a bust the hype is dead and they are doing anything they can to promote it.

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