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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have been allowed to fight with eight-ounce gloves

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Earlier on this month, Floyd Mayweather confirmed his intentions to fight in eight-ounce gloves ahead of his super-fight with Conor McGregor on August 26.

Although McGregor responded by welcoming the proposal, there was an issue as the clash is set to be fought at 154 pounds, which would usually require the use of ten-pound gloves.

However, with just under two weeks until the eagerly anticipated clash, the Nevada State Athletic Commission have voted unanimously in favour of the proposal.

This decision could have huge implications in the fight and favour the Irishman immensely as he looks to pull off an incredible upset.

UFC bouts are usually fought with four-pound gloves, meaning McGregor will be using gloves that are more alike to what he is used to.

And the Irishman is clearly confident with fighting with eight-ounce gloves, having revealed earlier this week that he is confident he will knock his American opponent out within two rounds if the exception is made.

The three judges have also been confirmed for the fight, with two Americans, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, along with Italian Guido Cavalleri set to cast their watchful eyes over the event.

Set to referee the fight is Robert Byrd, a World Boxing Hall of Famer who has also taken charge of a number of high profiles clashes, including Sergey Kovalev’s light heavyweight title fight against Andre Ward and Canelo Alvarez’s fight against Miguel Cotto.

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Despite having overseen such occasions in the past, refereeing the bout between McGregor and Mayweather will undoubtedly be the most observed clash he has ever been involved in.

McGregor has reacted to the news by posting on Instagram: "I am very pleased with the Nevada State Athletic Commission's handling of my next bout today. Fair play was kept all the way through.

"8oz gloves approved. With pre and post fight analysis of the gloves on the night. This was handled very well and very fairly by the NSAC. I am very pleased and respect the Commissions ruling on this. 10 days until fight time."

With the use of eight-ounce gloves now confirmed for the bout, it is possible that the undefeated American will live to regret proposing to contest the fight with gloves more accustomed to what McGregor is used to.

Nevertheless, with this potentially bout-influencing decision, anticipation will rise even more for what will surely be one of the most intriguing contests in the modern day era.

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