LAS VEGAS – Owen Roddy doesn't know if the glove size can help Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor.
Mayweather posted on Instagram about wanting to reduce the 10-ounce gloves agreed for their match with Conor McGregor to 8-ounce last week. The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) was followed by both of the camps in an attempt to get a waiver to make the gloves lighter on Wednesday.
McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, thinks Mayweather might have a bad decision in promoting the fight in T-Mobile Arena on August 26.
“I don’t know whether he put that out there and now it’s backfired,” Roddy told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting on Friday after McGregor’s media workout. “I honestly think he’s said some stuff over the period of the camp that I think he just put out there not thinking it would stick and it has stuck. He’s made a few mistakes.”
Like most of the people thought on Mayweather’s post that is striking an attitude, or a way to get some attention on the blockbuster fight in between MayMac world tour and the workouts, which were held last Thursday and Friday. McGregor fired back after it and made a buzz. But now it could be the real thing.
Bob Bennett, the executive director of NAC, confirmed with MMA Fighting that both sides will debate about the size of the glove on “will it be reduced or not?” The fight will be contested at 154 points, which impose 10-ounce gloves – but a waiver can be obtained if Anthony Marnell, the chairman of NAC, and the commissioners vote for it. Bennett said, “with the health and safety of the fighters being the number-one priority.”
On the side of the McGregor, it would be a great advantage for the UFC lightweight champion because of his tremendous power. John Kavanagh, the head coach of McGregor, said Conor will end Floyd in the 1st round with 8-ounce gloves, while McGregor predicted for a 2nd round.