"I believe now that the gloves are eight ounces, I don't believe he makes it out of the second round", McGregor added.
After the fight, Mayweather says he plans to focus exclusively on building out his multiple business ventures that include several clothing lines, training gear, makeup and even a new Las Vegas strip club called Girl Collection, which opened earlier this year.
Still, Mark Shapiro, the co-president of WME/IMG, whose company owns UFC, said that ticket sales had already generated over $60 million and that it was impossible that they would not break the record of $72.2 million set by the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
On Wednesday (16 August), the Nevada Athletic Commission approved the use of 8-ounce gloves for next week's fight, after representatives from both camps had requested an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves. On Aug. 1, Mayweather announced on social media that he would have no trouble accommodating his opponent.
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Known for his devastating striking and highlight-reel knockouts, McGregor is also quick and irrational on his feet, but few would back him to beat one of the most complete boxers of all time. "How often he's worn the gloves or any of that doesn't really factor into - I didn't even know that, for instance". "It seemed nearly capricious to change from 10 ounces, which is the prescribed weight of gloves for that weight class". I was like "we would never get a deal done with these guys, it would be impossible to get this deal done".
It was estimated that in recent weeks McGregor, a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has garnered 85 percent of wagering volume with a line of +400.
McGregor is a large underdog heading into the fight but he is predicting Mayweather will be knocked out inside four rounds and earlier this week said the "disrespect and disregard for his skillset" has been hugely motivating.
UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor is going to be making his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather in just over a weeks time. "I do not see him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds".