Next Saturday will see boxing debutant Conor McGregor and legend of the sport Floyd Mayweather take to the ring in what promises to be a tasty encounter.
Under the circumstances, it comes as no surprise that the latter is favourite to come out on top. However, Mayweather made a proposal at the start of the month that they both fight in 8oz gloves as opposed to 10oz.
The request came as a surprise considering the former world number one had admitted to suffering from ‘brittle fists’ recently, not to mention the fact he hasn’t knocked anyone out since 2011.
He proposed the change in glove size via social media.
The change was later approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on a ‘one-off’ basis.
Since the approval, it seems people are starting to back underdog McGregor, believing that the lighter gloves may give him the upper hand.
This is because The Irishman is no stranger to lighter gear, using 4oz versions in his UFC fighting.
David Haye reacts
However, one man who disagrees is heavyweight David Haye, who feels Mayweather will still claim victory over McGregor despite suggestions that the change could benefit his opposing number.
In a discussion with UFC star Michael Page, Haye told Betfair:
"Mayweather doesn't mind what McGregor has on his hands.
"I heard Mayweather say in the press conference 'wear whatever you want' and I remember thinking that was a throwaway comment but, now if they are going to wear 8oz gloves, maybe Mayweather has zero fear that someone like McGregor can catch him clean.”
"Mayweather has beaten over 20 current world champions and people who've been boxing since they were little kids, Canelo Alvarez was undefeated in his early 20s and could barely lay a glove on Mayweather."
Page also had his say on the matter and agreed that Mayweather will have no problem adapting to the smaller gloves," he said.
"You're talking about someone who rarely gets hit and has rarely been hit in his career and when he has, it's never been that clean.
"Regardless of what you put on your hands, this is why I think he doesn't really mind.
"I do believe [McGregor] will land during the fight but earlier in the fight I think [Mayweather] will be able to roll a lot of those shots and see them, even though he's slowing down a little bit he's still going to be sharp."
So, can Mayweather still outclass McGregor next weekend or will his proposal come back to haunt him?
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