Mayweather vs McGregor live stream guide: The Nevada State Athletic Commission ignored their own acts to allow the fighters to nod from 10oz gloves which are mandatory for all fights at 154lbs. But the commission changes their act for Mayweather vs McGregor fight on Wednesday morning.
The duo facing is set to meet on August 26 at the junior-middleweight weight limit of 154lbs, which meant that 10oz boxing gloves were mandatory, but the NASC relaxed their rules only one-time on behalf of Mayweather-McGregor.
“Now the gloves are 8oz, I don’t believe he makes it out of the second round,” the Notorious said on Wednesday night. “Part of me is hoping that he can last – part of me wants to show some skill and dismantle him. But I don’t see him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds.”
McGregor, 29, was reminded after the 8-ounce gloves approvement that Mayweather’s 49-0 fights have been contested in 8oz gloves, but the UFC champion said: “That doesn’t bother me. How often he’s worn the gloves did not factor into my thoughts, I did not even know that. I do not care about his record, I do not care about his achievements.”
Veteran boxing referee Robert Byrd appointed to Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. McGregor welcomed the authorization of Robert Byrd as the referee.
“Robert Byrd is a phenomenal referee – I’ve watched him ref since the announcement was made,” Conor said. “He lets the fight takes place, he doesn’t interrupt, he steps in when he should. He has some links to mixed martial arts – his wife Adelaide Byrd is [a UFC judge].
“We were hoping for someone with links to MMA.
“They gave us options. We didn’t necessarily ask for any referee in particular. There was a referee that gave an opinion which made it very hard for them to be considered.
“Tony Weeks was a consideration. He has reffed both MMA and boxing bouts so he was on our list – but we are happy with the selection.”
McGregor requested NSAC to appoint a non-American judge and the Nevada State Athletic Commission approved it. McGregor said: “I believe it’s a fair mix across the board – there’s Americans and a European.”
When asked about the critics of his boxing debut – which he labelled “disrespect and disregard” – McGregor stayed belligerent, insisting he could end Mayweather’s perfect career record.
“They have a closed mind,” McGregor said. “If that were always the case, we’d have never reached across the waters in search of other lands. We’d have never gone into space. You’ve got to have an open mind and realise that there are other ways.
“Fighting is a complex game – there is a time and a place for every attack, and every move. I look forward to educating them. I look forward to earning my respect in this game also.”