Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are both claiming the upper hand in the decision by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to permit the two boxers to drop down from 10 to eight-ounce gloves for their August 26 bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Both boxers had representatives in front of the NSAC to request the change. NSAC commissioners also signed off on having veteran Robert Byrd as the referee for the fight.
Inexplicably, NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell did not approve of Mayweather and McGregor using the meeting to hype the fight on social media, since boxing is about nothing other than hype. Hype is definitely called for in this instance, because many seats in the stadium remain unsold and small wonder, as poor seats in the gods are priced around $15,000 for a pair.
“I do not like the Nevada State Athletic Commission being used as a pawn in a social media battle,” Marnell said.
Nevada state boxing regulations mandate 10-ouce gloves for fights taking place above 147 pounds. The Mayweather – McGregor fight is set for 154 pounds.
Mayweather has used eight-ounce glove for most of his career and the gloves McGregor uses in the UFC realm are of four ounces.
The Association of Ringside Physicians (the Yanks have an association for everything), objected to the change in the weight of the gloves. “Unless there is scientific evidence to support the view that such a change might improve the safety of this bout, we would strongly caution against allowing current regulation to be overruled,” wrote the Association’s Chairman, Dr. Raymond M. Monsell, in a letter to the NSAC.
Just how there could be scientific evidence that lighter gloves would improve safety is hard to imagine. It is as though the NRL came to the conclusion that rugby could be made safer by shaving two ounces off the weight of the ball.
Given the option, we would choose not to let either Mayweather of McGregor his us with anything, not even a pillow.