FLOYD MAYWEATHER’s bold claim he’s willing to box Conor McGregor with 8oz gloves is nothing more than an ‘idle threat’, according to the Irishman’s striking coach Owen Roddy
Earlier this week, ‘Money’ Mayweather, who will box the reigning UFC lightweight champion on August 26 in Las Vegas, said: “Don’t believe what you hear in the media.
“Don’t believe what you hear on blog sites. If it’s not coming directly from me, then it’s not true. I’m telling McGregor, ‘Let’s fight in 80oz 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.”
McGregor responded to his upcoming opponent’s bold declaration by saying: “Pick whatever size gloves you want as well little man. I fight with 4oz.
“I don’t give a f**k about the size of the glove. I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands.
Mayweather’s decision to publicly advocate for smaller gloves was perplexing, to say the least.
In Roddy’s eyes, and those of several other observers, Mayweather is just blowing smoke.
Floyd is trying to make an idle threat by saying he’ll wear 8oz gloves. Technically, he can’t,” the SGB Charlestown coach told Sky Sports’ James Dielhenn.
“We expect 10oz gloves but, on our side, these are miniscule things that mean nothing. Whatever.
“Conor Mcgregor is used to fighting in 4oz gloves [in the UFC] so it doesn’t matter to him.”
Forty-year-old Mayweather seems dead set on using 8oz gloves for his 50th professional bout and has already contacted the Nevada Atheltic Commission to see if they’d be willing to grant the glove change.