It's a contest that, while entertaining and bound to break all sorts of pay per view records, few people think will end in a Conor McGregor victory. After all, the odds are stacked completely in the favor of Floyd Mayweather and the fight on August 26th is a boxing match and not a UFC bout. Recent developments, however, have revealed that Mayweather is working to give the appearance that the playing field is leveling.
Traditionally boxers in a welterweight bout fight wear 10 oz. gloves. Both fighters had originally agreed to that stipulation in this fight as well and this was just one of the many disadvantages facing McGregor, who is used to fighting in 4 oz. UFC mitts. Experts claimed the larger gloves would negate, if not completely eliminate the power behind his McGregor's famous left hook, thus giving him few options offensively. Mayweather shocked fans of the fight by going back on his decision and allowing the fight to happen with 8 oz. gloves.
Initially, Mayweather brought up the idea during the press tour that saw both fighters verbally sparring in funny, yet over-the-top derogatory ways. Thrown in amongst the insults, no one considered Mayweather's suggestion a legitimate option or took the boxer seriously, including McGregor who replied: “Don’t fool the public.”
In an attempt to prove he wasn't kidding, Mayweather took to his Instagram account and stated again that he wanted to give McGregor another incentive to feel the fight was fair. He said, “McGregor, let’s fight in 8 oz. gloves. 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.”
While McGregor is still considered the underdog in this fight, this is a potentially huge development that will give fans the belief the bout is more evenly matched than originally scheduled. 8 oz. gloves will give McGregor a much better chance to put power behind his punches. The fight then becomes a little bit more about McGregor trying to land one than it will be what happens once he does.
In either case, both Mayweather and McGregor understand this fight lives or dies by the promotion and anticipation leading up to it. Many believe the contest itself may be one of the most one-sided matches in history. Still, if both fighters can build momentum talking about the features of the fight as fans approach the Aug. 26, 2017 fight date, both will make more money and in the end, the money rules the show.
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