Who benefits more from 8-ounce gloves: Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor? | The Tylt
Who benefits more from 8-ounce gloves: Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor?
Floyd Mayweather just did something he rarely does—he let an opponent control fight conditions. After weeks of goading, Mayweather agreed to allow the use of eight-ounce gloves in his fight with Conor McGregor. It isn't hard to imagine McGregor doing cartwheels when the news broke.
Lighter gloves mean McGregor's adjustment to boxing will be easier. The difference of two-ounces will allow his hands to move quicker, and show off the knockout power he had in the UFC. McGregor had an outside shot of competing with Mayweather in 10-ounce gloves. Now, he has a chance of winning.
People act like Conor McGregor is going to use eight-ounce gloves, and Floyd Mayweather is going to stick with the 10-ounce mitts. No, Mayweather will get to use the eight-ounce gloves too, and now he is going to be even better than he was before.
Mayweather is a defensive boxer who uses his hands a lot to set up his opponents. Now imagine that defense with lighter gloves where he can really show off the elite hand speed that got him to 49-0. Mayweather has less weight to carry, so he can easily pepper McGregor with more shots than before. The best boxer in the world just got better.