Floyd Mayweather has formally requested to wear 8oz gloves against Irishman Conor McGregor during their much-anticipated showdown in Las Vegas later this month. The 40-year-old former Olympic bronze medal winner submitted a waiver to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) who sanctioned the bout. NAC rules state that 10oz gloves are used from 135lbs upwards, however, bouts between 135lbs and 147lbs can use 8oz if waivers are signed and the NAC feels the move is justified. The matter will now be debated by the commission on August 16.

McGregor welcomes change of gloves

Last week Mayweather posted an Instagram message stating, "I'll be wearing 8oz Grant gloves," which was met with much approval from his opponent Conor McGregor. The current UFC lightweight champion who has never fought in a professional boxing match before responded with, "I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands."

During his incredible UFC career, which has seen him gain international fame and become the face of the organisation, McGregor has used 4oz gloves, therefore, it will not be a shock that he welcomes anything that could give him a slight edge over Mayweather. What is the big deal anyway? Well, lighter gloves offer less protection for the hands but ultimately lead to the punches being more damaging.

NAC executive director Bob Bennett says that any decision will prioritise the fighters health above anything else.

Fight will not go the distance

Floyd Mayweather has also claimed this week that he is looking to end the fight early and is adamant the bout will not last the full 12 rounds.

"He's looking forward to ending the fight early, I'm looking forward to ending the fight early - it won't go the distance," said Mayweather.

Mayweather's professional record currently stands at an impressive 49-0 with 26 wins coming by the way of KO. However the last time one of his bouts was stopped early was way back in 2011 against fellow American Victor Ortiz, therefore, this casts doubt about whether he can ultimately inflict enough of a beating upon his Irish opponent to get the KO win.

Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement for this fight and has not fought since September of 2015 when he took on and defeated Andre Berto by way of a unanimous decision.

The undefeated Floyd Mayweather takes on Conor McGregor in Las Vegas on August 26 in which could turn out to be the richest fight in history.