After weeks of back and forth arguing, Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor will indeed fight using 8-ounce gloves after all.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission ultimately ruled in a meeting 10 days before the fight that the two fighters are approved to compete using 8-ounce gloves and not the 10-ounce gloves that the commission usually forces boxers competing at 154 pounds and above.
Also in that meeting, the NSAC has appointed Robert Byrd as the official referee for the fight as well as add Dave Moretti, Burt Clements and Guido Cavalerri as the official judges for the fight.
The issue of the glove size started all the way back during the world press tour in mid-July when McGregor made a comment possibly alluding to Mayweather demanding McGregor wear a certain type of boxing glove for their fight.
Weeks after the press tour, Mayweather posted on social media saying that the two will fight using 8-ounce gloves, which the commission initially ruled out because 8-ounce gloves are only for fights at 147 pounds and below. Mayweather vs. McGregor will be contested at 154 pounds, which requires the fighters to wear 10-ounce gloves.
NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said on August 10 that the commission had a change of hearts of sorts and that the NSAC would rule on the glove size at the August 16 meeting.
On that Mayweather vs. McGregor pay-per-view card is also Gervonta Davis defending his IBF junior lightweight title against Francisco Fonseca and Nathan Cleverly defending his WBA "regular" light heavyweight title against Badou Jack.
Fightful will have complete coverage of the fight, including a post-show podcast live on Fightful and on YouTube.
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