Floyd Mayweather Jr. has joked that after 10-ounce gloves were used years ago in welterweight (147-pound) fights, promoters and state commissioners “decided there wasn’t enough blood, sweat and tears” in the sport, so they reverted to eight-ounce gloves.
The Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday retreated from a 10-year stance that fights at 154 pounds and above (such as the 154-pound Mayweather-Conor McGregor meeting) also required 10-ounce gloves by approving eight-ounce gloves for the spectacle event.
Mayweather concedes that the move is being made to improve the chances for a more exciting fight.
If Floyd Mayweather Jr. took anything from the footage that emerged of Conor McGregor knocking down retired welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, it was McGregor’s tendency to bend the rules of boxing.
“It was interesting -- a lot of illegal rabbit punching behind the head, grappling and a lot of illegal shots,” Mayweather said in a Thursday conference call with reporters.
Although UFC champion McGregor has used retired referee Joe Cortez to supervise his sparring sessions as he prepares for his Aug. 26 pro boxing debut, it will be on newly assigned referee Robert Byrd to keep McGregor away from the rougher tactics allowed in MMA bouts that are prohibited in boxing.