Floyd Mayweather Announces Crazy Rule Change to Superfight with McGregor
Always one for pushing the boundary between sports and entertainment, veteran boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has introduced a bombshell of a rule change to his boxing super fight with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor via his Instagram page. Mayweather had previously stipulated that if McGregor were to throw any strikes common to mixed martial arts, such as wheel kicks, back fists or takedowns then McGregor would be in a world of financial stress. Mayweather has been pretty quiet after the two took a worldwide press tour where they were constantly at each other’s throats.
The two combat sports stars stirred up plenty of controversy across their four city tour, with both men’s trash talk bringing casual and hardcore fans to watch the spectacle.
A key problem for McGregor going into the matchup on August 26th would be that he would need to be wearing 10-ounce boxing gloves. Of course, the UFC lightweight champion is used to wearing 4-ounce gloves, that provide little more than a slight amount of padding between his opponent’s face and his fists. Fans and pundits alike worried that this could impact the power of McGregor’s famed left hand, that has devastated his opponents in the past.
Mayweather has now issued a bigger challenge to McGregor, telling him to get ready to be wearing 8-ounce gloves on fight night, instead of the traditional 10-ounce gloves. Given that the bout is taking place at 154 pounds where 10-ounce gloves must be worn, you can bet this will throw a spanner in the works for McGregor.
“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,” wrote Mayweather.
If McGregor chooses to accept Mayweather’s challenge he will be faced with another change to the rules, by which he would face Mayweather at 147 pounds. While Mayweather can make the weight easily enough, McGregor has had to cut weight in a horrible fashion to make it to 145 pounds, the UFC featherweight weigh in limit, in the past.
Could this be a trick from Mayweather to take away the power of McGregor, or a legitimate challenge for the Irish combat sports star to take? Or is it all just a plug from Mayweather for the glove manufacturer? Check out Mayweather’s post below and let us know what you think in the comments:
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 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. @grantworldwide @mayweatherpromotions