It wasn’t so much a boast as it was matter of fact, with Conor McGregor knowing the best way for him to beat Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 is with his superior punching power.
And that advantage, no matter how lonesome it is, was given a boost when the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) agreed Wednesday to requests from both fighters and allowed them use eight-ounce gloves instead of the 10-ounce gloves normally used for their weight class.
“I believe now that the gloves are eight ounces, I don’t believe he makes it out of the second round,” McGregor said on a conference call Wednesday night. “Part of me is hoping maybe he can last so I can [deal with] the word of, ‘Oh, he’s a lucky [puncher],’ and that sort of thing, which I’ve been labeled with before. Part of me kind of wants to show some skill and dismantle him that way, but I do not see him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds.
“But we are ready for absolutely every scenario. We’re ready to go to war for the full 12 rounds, and I’m ready to put him away in the first 10 seconds. So that’s where my heads at.”
Coming out of UFC, McGregor is used to fighting with four-ounce gloves that are fingerless and have very little padding. Of course, he’s also used to being able to kick and grapple. There is the flip side of this decision, as well, with Mayweather having the faster hands and the smaller gloves allowing him to take advantage of that aspect.
“I fight in four-ounce gloves, fingerless gloves, with the knuckles barely covered is what I’m used to,” McGregor said. “It benefits both in certain ways. So I’m very happy with it.”
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