Ever since Mayweather vs. McGregor got announced, there has been a lot of back and forth between the fighters. The type of boxing gloves to be used for the match is also a subject of debate for this fight. It was originally said that Mayweather wanted the fight in 10 oz. gloves. Mayweather, however, tweeted a while ago calling for the bout to be in 8 0z. gloves.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 1, 2017
In this instagram, Floyd posted “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.”
During the press conference, McGregor spoke about the strict gloving restrictions imposed by the Mayweather camp. He also mentioned that he is open to fighting to any type of gloves. Now that Mayweather is ready to give the advantage to McGregor, let’s see what kind of impact this will actually have.
What Impact Will It Have?
Mayweather uses both 8 oz. and 10 oz. gloves in his boxing matches. Thicker gloves are likely to minimize the chances of getting knocked out. With more padding, 10 oz. gloves are expected to favor Mayweather in this fight since he can win by decision through the volume of punches delivered. I think his decision to switch to 8 0z. gloves comes from his belief that McGregor cannot knock him out.
McGregor is mostly accustomed to wearing 4 oz. MMA gloves that have very minimal padding. While changing from 10 oz. to 8 oz. may not have a drastic impact on the outcome, it could provide a little edge for McGregor in this fight.
I don’t expect a knockout from Floyd in this fight. McGregor has a tough chin, and he has been tagged more than once in many of his MMA fights. He can take some punches from Mayweather without a doubt. Despite having a minor advantage, Conor is still going to have trouble with Mayweather’s speed and volume of punches. Let’s wait for Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26 to see how this will pan out.