In what has a already been a dramatic whirlwind of events leading up to “The Money Fight” between “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the plot has thickened even more. The Nevada State Athletic Commission provided an exception to their established rule and approved the use of eight-ounce boxing gloves.
The ruling comes as a shock to many inside the industry, as NSAC has a rule specifically stating that all bouts contested above 147 pounds must be contested in at least 10 oz. gloves for health and safety purposes. The Mayweather-McGregor fight is scheduled to take place at the next weight class, up, which is 154 pounds.
The decision comes as Floyd Mayweather called McGregor out in a social media post, saying “McGregor…Let’s fight in 8 OZ gloves.”
Now, NSAC has denied Floyd a waiver in the past, and NSAC’s executive director Bob Bennett claimed earlier that no exception would be given, citing health and safety precautions. However, NSAC reconsidered, despite a letter from the Association of Ringside Physicians strictly advising NSAC not to pursue giving the fighters a permit for eight-ounce gloves.
NSAC decided to grant a one-fight exception to their rule, providing the padding of the gloves is thoroughly inspected, and the gloves are turned over to NSAC for study. The decision, however compounds the already mounting criticism of the commission sanctioning the fight in the first place.
The prior criticism comes as McGregor, no doubt one of mixed martial arts’ top strikers, has an 0-0 professional boxing record. Now, that’s not to say he’s never stepped in a ring competitively before. Prior to his conversion to mixed martial arts, he was a boxer, training under Phil Sutcliffe, and McGregor later became an all-Ireland champion in his teenage years. However, that’s nothing when stepping into the ring with arguably one of the greatest professional boxers of all time in Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It seems as if Team Mayweather’s MO is to spin the promotion to make it look like Conor has a chance, as it’s been reported the fight’s ticket sales are below what has been expected (this could also be due to the fact that anyone not in a six-figure US tax bracket would have to donate a kidney to get a pair of tickets, but that’s another story for another time.)
“The Money Fight” takes place on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Keep it here with TalkingBaws for all of your latest MMA coverage.