LAS VEGAS – The CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe is pleased with the decision made by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to change the glove size for Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor next week at the T-Mobile Arena, Nevada.
However, Mayweather was the first one to suggest the change of glove weight from 10 ounces to 8 ounces, it was the NSAC that unanimously voted to approve the “one-time exception” that would give the chance and the advantage for McGregor in their showdown.
That’s all part of the plan, however, according to Ellerbe who said Mayweather wants McGregor to have as many taps in his pocket as possible into the matchup. This is just another one.
Ellerbe told MMAjunkie after today’s hearing in Las Vegas that, “Mayweather likes McGregor to have various advantage possible that he can have. Conor is shamelessly confident as a person, and I’m fully confident too that he’s going to lay it on the line. He’s not only representing the UFC brand but also representing his country. He has the great fans from his country. They will be there for him, and the millions of fans across the world will be tuned in watching this huge event. We’re excited.”
Despite the close difference between the 8oz glove to the 4oz fist protection that the UFC lightweight champion McGregor uses in MMA, it’s actually Mayweather has the more experience in the newly approved size. Because of that, he thinks the fight will look different than it would have differently.
Ellerbe said, “I think it will have an impact on the fight. From a fighter’s perspective, you’re more comfortable with fighting the smaller glove. I’m pretty confident the fight will end in a knockout. Pretty confident. It’s something Conor wanted, something Floyd wanted, and both fighters got exactly what they need.
“Conor assured that he’s going to knock Floyd out inside four rounds. He just recently said he’s striving to give him just two rounds. I will fully hope that he’s word will happen, and be very aggressive. We’ve got a fight, ladies and gentleman.