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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Why Floyd Mayweather cares so much about the size of his boxing gloves

It comes after Conor McGregor, whom he will fight in Las Vegas on Aug. 26, mocked all the regulations of his new sport in their first press conference:


All these rules, all these restrictions, it doesn’t faze me, it amuses me. The gloves. They have to be 10 oz… He wants the gloves, no problem, give him the gloves. I’ll wear 10 oz. No Mexican made gloves, OK, no problem. No gloves made out of horse hair, no problem, I don’t give a fuck.


We shouldn’t be too hard on McGregor. It is, after all, his first boxing match—ever. He is more used to fights in the anything-goes world of the UFC, where they wear open-fingered 4-oz gloves. When he faces the undefeated Mayweather, the MMA star will arrive in the ring in 10-oz gloves, as is mandatory for boxers weighing over 147 lbs (66.7 kg). Mayweather has said he wants it that way because those are boxing rules. But why are they even talking glove size? Would that 2-oz gap between really make that much difference, or the 6-oz difference in what McGregor would usually wear and the fully covered boxing gloves he will have on in Las Vegas?

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