May­weather happy to use smaller gloves for the fight

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Floyd May­weather has thrown down the gaunt­let to Conor McGre­gor af­ter ap­pear­ing to ac­cept his chal­lenge to wear lighter gloves for their multi-mil­lion pound fight.

The pair are sup­posed to be wear­ing 10oz gloves, as is stan­dard for a su­per wel­ter­weight bout. Lower di­vi­sions tend to use 8oz as reg­u­la­tion.

McGre­gor com­plained dur­ing the four in­ter­na­tional press con­fer­ences that May­weather had held him to cer­tain stip­u­la­tions over the makes of glove he could wear, riled by the power the Amer­i­can has held over the terms of their forth­com­ing bout.

How­ever it ap­pears the 40year-old is ready to cede some ad­van­tage to his Ir­ish coun­ter­part af­ter an­nounc­ing on In­sta­gram that he was happy to pro­ceed with the smaller gloves, for­go­ing the ex­tra pro­tec­tion af­forded by the heav­ier gloves.

“Don’t be­lieve what you hear in the me­dia. Don’t be­lieve what you hear on blog sites,” he wrote on his In­sta­gram ac­count.

“If it’s not com­ing di­rectly from me, then it’s not true. I’m telling McGre­gor, ‘Let’s fight in 8 oz gloves’.

“McGre­gor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses. I’ll be wear­ing 8 oz Grant gloves.

“What­ever ad­van­tage McGre­gor needs to feel more com­fort­able in the ring, I’m will­ing to ac­com­mo­date. Let’s give the box­ing and MMA fans what they want to see.”

May­weather and McGre­gor are set to go head-to-head at the TMo­bile Arena in Las Ve­gas on Au­gust 26. Daily Mail

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Floyd May­weather (left), Conor McGre­gor fight will take place in Las Ve­gas on Au­gust 26.

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