Exclusive: Nevada Commission open to possible Mayweather v McGregor glove waiver
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett has informed WBN of his stance in the current debate over what gloves Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will wear on August 26.
The pair initially signed on to use 10 ounce boxing gloves for their cross-codes clash in just over three weeks’ time, although Mayweather stated at the World Press Tour he would be willing to switch to 8oz.
McGregor currently uses only 4oz padded fingerless gloves for his octagon bouts and some eyebrows were raised when ‘The Notorious’ agreed to Mayweather’s contracted clause for 10 ounces.
The stipulated weight of 154 pounds meant those gloves were standard issue though, but Bennett is open to listening to both sides should Mayweather and McGregor be serious in their intent to use the lower 8oz gloves.
“The weight of the of the gloves are in accordance with NAC 467 (ruling),” Bennett exclusively told World Boxing News on Wednesday.
“Up to lightweight (135lbs), the fighters are required to wear 8oz gloves. Above 135 they are required to wear 10oz gloves. However, if both fighters weigh between 136 but not more than 147lbs and both fighters contractually agree they can wear 8oz gloves, as per our regulations.”
Asked whether there would be any movement on these rulings, specifically for the Mayweather v McGregor fight, Bennett stating the following: “Mayweather vs. McGregor contract weight is 154lbs and our regulations require they wear 10z gloves.
“To change the weight of the gloves for the fight, they are required to submit a waiver memorializing the reasons to deviate from the aforementioned information.
“Thereafter, both parties would be required to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission and articulate specific logical reason why we should deviate from our regulations.
“Naturally, the health and safety is always our number one priority,” he added.
Mayweather’s status as the top boxer on the planet and as a Las Vegas resident would certainly go in his favour should ‘Money’ decide to take his request further, whilst McGregor seemed non-plussed when commenting on the situation earlier today.
“Another handy 12 rounds today. We are prepared to destroy Floyd. Pick whatever size gloves you want as well little man. I fight with 4oz.
“I don’t give a f*** about the size of the glove. I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands,” said McGregor.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay