Conor McGregor happy with smaller gloves, but sees pros and cons to it

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UFC star Conor McGregor had agreed to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 10-ounce gloves, per Nevada State Athletic Commission rules, but was pleased that the panel agreed at its monthly meeting Wednesday to allow them to wear 8-ounce gloves.

“I’m very happy with how the Nevada State Athletic Commission handled it. They handled it fairly and they listened to both requests,” McGregor said on a teleconference with reporters to talk about the heavily hyped fight with Mayweather on Aug. 26 (Showtime PPV) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Although Nevada rules stipulate that in boxing matches contracted over 147 pounds the fighters must use 10-ounce gloves, McGregor wanted smaller ones and Mayweather agreed. So, both submitted formal requests to the commission asking for it to issue a waiver for their fight, which is contracted at 154 pounds.

The commissioners voted unanimously to give the fighters the waiver on Wednesday, when they also appointed Robert Byrd as the referee and Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Guido Cavalleri as judges.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/20362700/conor-mcgregor-pleased-switch-smaller-gloves-boxing-match-floyd-mayweather-jr

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