As the day of the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor rapidly approaches, the anticipation and excitement is gathering pace with each day.
With only five days until the showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the two giants of combat sport are on their penultimate training phase before they take centre stage this Saturday.
However, the bout will see a significant change in rules as the issue of the weight of gloves has finally been sorted after weeks of speculations.
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission have approved the decision to alter the initial ten-ounce glove regulation, which means the fight will now be fought with eight-ounce gloves instead.
Floyd Mayweather gave his insights on the matter and revealed he has no qualms about fighting with a lighter glove compared to his previous bouts.
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Speaking on the issue, World Boxing News quoted the 40-year-old icon saying: “That really doesn’t have anything to do with the crowd. It has something to do with the two competitors.
“It could be pro-McGregor, it could be pro-Mayweather. It’s all about excitement, it’s all about giving everybody excitement, my fans as well as his fans, that’s what it really is about."
He further stated that his fight against Ricky Hatton, the only British boxer he fought in his pro career, was indeed under the stipulated ten-ounce glove rule.
“I want to touch on the subject, so everybody knows, that me and Ricky Hatton actually fought at 147, but we fought in 10-ounce gloves.
“So, I was going to make sure everybody is aware when me and Ricky Hatton fought against each other, we wore 10-ounce gloves and was at 147lbs."
The five-division world champion put forward the facts of the glove rule in each category and also disclosed the history of its appointment.
“Well, from 147 all the way down the boxing weights, you fight in 8-ounce gloves. From 154 that all the way to heavyweight, you fight in 10-ounce gloves.
“At one time boxing there was a lot of trauma and head injuries, so they brought 10-ounce gloves in for the fights to wear at 147.
“But then they went back. The guess, that they weren’t getting the blood, sweat and tears they were expecting to get, so they had to back to the guys wearing 8-ounce gloves at 147 all the way down."
Asked if Mayweather is concerned about the ramifications if he loses the fight against the Irishman, with his record then be standing at 49-1, he replied: “I’m not really worried about the outcome. I’m worried more about the excitement. Conor said he’s used to fighting in 4-ounce gloves."
He is of the opinion that he himself would not be complaining one bit for any consequences and expects the MMA ace to not have any excuses as well.
“If you go to my social media page, you’ll see where I put out the extra work. I want to make him feel comfortable as possible. I’m not going to have any excuses. I don’t want him to have any excuses.”
With everything in place for a high intensity contest, the fight between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor will undoubtedly live up to the hype as both take their respective corners on fight night.
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