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The upcoming boxing match between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor may take place with eight-ounce gloves.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will vote on whether or not they will allow the fight to take place with smaller gloves at their next meeting on Aug. 16.
“Mayweather’s team has, and McGregor’s team (is) in the process (of submitting a request),” Bob Bennett, the Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director, told Sky Sports. “It will be heard at the commission’s next meeting.”
Mayweather and McGregor will be competing at 154 pounds. According to the Association of Boxing Commission’s rules, fights above 147 pounds must use 10-ounce gloves.
“They come before the commission (and) each party can discuss their reasoning,” Bennett said. “The chairman and commissioners openly discuss the request and vote on it. Our regulations require 10-ounce gloves, but I won’t say that there’s no negotiations.
“The promoters have a legal opportunity to submit a waiver, then appear before our commission to articulate why they think we should make an exception to our regulations. This is an anomaly. I haven’t experienced this in over three years on the job. I checked with the previous executive director, Hall-of-Famer Marc Ratner, and our program officer, who has been here for 30 years. To the best of their recollection, we have never had a request like this.”
Mayweather vs. McGregor will take place Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.