The outcome of Conor McGregor’s bout against Floyd Mayweather on August 26 will not be influenced by the size of the gloves worn by the fighters, according to boxing trainer Rob McCracken.
Las Vegas regulations stipulate matches above 147lbs—Mayweather and McGregor are set to fight at 154lbs—are usually obligated to use 10oz gloves, but it’s reported the Nevada State Athletic will decide on Wednesday whether the lighter 8oz gloves will be permitted for the August 26 showdown at the T-Mobile Arena.
McCracken, who recently trained world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for his unification bout against Wladimir Klitschko, told Sky Sports that it won’t make much difference which size gloves are used for McGregor’s boxing debut against 49-0 Mayweather:
“It makes a bit of difference if the boxer has natural power, but they’re already in condition, they’re already in shape, it shouldn’t make a lot of difference. Maybe if you were a devastating puncher it might help you a little bit, but you’ll be devastating in 10oz gloves.
“Arguably injuries, cuts come into it a tiny bit more but they are very conditioned when they come into 12-round fights so it shouldn’t make a lot of difference.”
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McGregor vs. Mayweather Odds
Floyd Mayweather: 1/5 (1.20)
Conor McGregor: 7/2 (4.50)
Draw: 33/1 (34.00)