Floyd Mayweather finally requested to use lighter gloves when he fights Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was reported that the boxing undefeated champion asked to use 8 oz. gloves and he just submitted a waiver to the Nevada Athletic Commission or the NAC just hours before the deadline last Wednesday.
After Floyd Mayweather's request, BBC reported that the NAC also expected Conor McGregor to submit his request on Wednesday. However, it is stated in the rules of NAC that fights at 154 lbs require and need 10oz gloves that's why this will still be debated and decided upon by the commission on August 16.
Using lighter gloves has benefits like providing less cushioning for the hands but this will also lead to punches prior to more punishing. Floyd Mayweather's interest to use lighter gloves started when he posted on his Instagram account saying that he will be using 8 oz. Grant gloves.
But the first time Floyd Mayweather sought for using lighter gloves, he did not submit any necessary waiver document. Instead, it was his team who asked the organizers and the authorities the process of utilizing lighter gloves for the fight.
With this, NAC executive director Bob Bennett shared that he has never seen and witnessed a move to using 8oz gloves at a54lbs fight before. In the rules, 135lbs fights require 10oz gloves but bouts between 135lbs and 147 lbs can permit the use of 8oz gloves if the waivers are submitted and signed and that NAC determines the request is justified.
According to MMA Fighting, NAC also added that even if Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor both agree in the use of lighter gloves, still their utmost priority is the safety and health of the fighters. If the request will mean deviation from their regulations at a difference of 7lbs, it will be the chairman and the commissioners to determine and decide.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor has used 4oz gloves during his UFC career and apparently, he just welcomed the request of Floyd Mayweather to use lighter gloves. Before announcing the decision with this request, the NAC will still debate the matter in public.