IN a rule that was implemented last 2006, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has mandated the use of 10-ounce gloves for fights above 154 pounds.
But in a decision issued on Thursday, one that it describes as a "one-fight exception" the NSAC has unanimously allowed Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to lace 8-ounce gloves when they trade blows on August 26 (August 27, Manila time) at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
With the use of a much lighter pair of gloves, the question stands: "Does this mean McGregor now has a better chance at beating Mayweather in what could be a gigantic upset?
McGregor thinks so.
"I'm strong enough to give him two rounds. The only reason Mayweather can get to the second round is because in this game the referee gives him time to recover (with an eight-count) without getting his head pounded into the canvas," McGregor told the Los Angeles Times.
While McGregor can be easily dismissed as a loudmouth whose words don't necessarily hold its weight in gold, he definitely has a point. Look, he is the naturally bigger fighter, listed at 5-foot-9 and 155 against Mayweather's 5-foot-8 and 151.
McGregor also has a 74-inch reach against Mayweather's 72. More importantly, McGregor is 11 years younger than the 40-year old Pretty Boy.
But being bigger, stronger, longer and younger isn't necessarily better.
Warts and all, Mayweather remains unbeaten with a 49-0 slate including 26 KOs. He hasn't scored a knockout since 2011 and he also favors an eight-ounce gloves believing that he can hit the brash Irishman with more devastating punches.
Beating Floyd is easier said than done.
Although Mayweather remains a solid favorite, McGregor's chances of an upset have increased dramatically.
When the fight was first announced, Mayweather was installed a -2250 favorite and McGregor a + 925 underdog. A few hours ago, betting site bodog.com sees Mayweather only as a -450 favorite while McGregor is a mere +325 underdog.