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Mayweather explains his desire for 8-ounce gloves.

Floyd Mayweather explains his thought process in wanting to go from 10-ounce to 8-ounce gloves against Conor McGregor.

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Why does the Nevada State Athletic Commission have rules if they are willing to change them for one fight and allow Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to box in 8-ounce gloves when the rule is clearly 10-ounce gloves for the 154-pound weight class the fight is taking place in? The commission claims the rules are in place as a matter of safety and the Association of Ringside Physicians, a leading group of medical professionals dedicated to the health and safety of boxers and mixed martial artists, wrote the commission a letter saying the rule should not be waved. Yet, the commission changed the rule for no apparent reason. What’s next, allowing glass-coated gloves or for the fighters to be allowed to use chairs WWE-style?

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Mayweather, McGregor get their wish with glove switch.

Brett Okamoto says the Nevada State Athletic Commission was willing switch to 8-ounce gloves because of both fighters' history with lighter gloves.

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Unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin was well within the mandated weight limit at his WBC 30-day weight check on Wednesday. He weighed 170 pounds though he could have been as heavy as 176 pounds for the weight check in advance of his long-awaited showdown with Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 16 (HBO PPV) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) did not participate in the 30-day weight check because he has declined to box for the WBC title, though Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) is defending it along with his two other major 160-pound title belts.

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Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe says Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fighting in 8-ounce gloves increases the chances of a knockout.

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Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo

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Crawford not looking to make friends in the ring.

Terence Crawford may be nicknamed "Bud," but all niceties go out the window Saturday when he looks to improve to 32-0 on ESPN.

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Crawford training for this moment.

Terence Crawford wants to be the greatest and on Saturday he faces off against Julius Indongo with the WBO and WBC titles on the line.

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Golden Boy Promotions hoped to match Joseph Diaz Jr., the 2012 U.S. Olympian it promotes, and England’s Josh Warrington in a featherweight world title eliminator on the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin HBO PPV undercard on Sept. 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. However, Golden Boy told ESPN that Warrington (25-0, 5 KOs) and promoter Frank Warren pulled out of the scheduled purse bid and won’t go through with the fight. Golden Boy said it is now going down the WBC’s rankings to find an opponent willing to face Diaz (24-0, 13 KOs) in the eliminator that would move the winner toward a mandatory shot at world titlist Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs).

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World Boxing Super Series officials announced that former world titleholder Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KOs) and Mateusz Masternak (39-4, 26 KOs), both of Poland, have been named as reserves for the eight-man cruiserweight tournament. Assuming they are not needed to act as reserves, they will fight on the undercards of the quarterfinal they are assigned to. Glowacki, who lost his belt to tournament No. 1 seed Oleksandr Usyk, is the reserve for the Mairis Briedis-Mike Perez title fight on Sept. 30 in Riga, Latvia. If one of the fighters is unable to fight that night, Glowacki will step in as the replacement. Former European champion Masternak is the reserve for the Murat Gassiev-Krzysztof Wlodarczyk title fight. The date and venue of that bout has not yet been announced.

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Was McCracken right to criticise Anthony Joshua?

ESPN's Steve Bunce shares his thoughts on whether Anthony Joshua's trainer Rob McCracken was right to criticise the world heavyweight champion.

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Crawford training for this moment.

Terence Crawford wants to be the greatest and on Saturday he faces off against Julius Indongo with the WBO and WBC titles on the line.

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Badou Jack, working out here at the Mayweather Gym late last week, will fight Nathan Cleverly for the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship on August 26th. This clash is part of the Mayweather/McGregor undercard on Showtime PPV.

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Values broken may sway fans not to watch Mayweather-McGregor.

ESPN writer LZ Granderson joins OTL to give his reasons why he is not interested in watching Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor fight.

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McGregor ready to shut down doubters.

During his all-access workout, Conor McGregor says, "I'm here to win ... and win in devastating fashion."

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McGregor calls fatherhood 'eye-opening.'

Conor McGregor tells Brett Okamoto that his son, Conor Jr., is a new addition to his team and will be making an appearance at the Floyd Mayweather fight.

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McGregor: Boxing doubters 'energizing' his team.

Conor McGregor tells Brett Okamoto that nothing about training for boxing has surprised him and that there's nothing novice about his fight game.

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McGregor full of confidence in open workout.

From making a splash with his luxury car arrival to his bold statements, everyone was talking about Conor McGregor's all-access workout.

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McGregor responds to Mayweather calling him a racist.

Conor McGregor says he didn't use a racially offensive term to describe Floyd Mayweather.. McGregor refers to Mayweather as a "rat and a weasel" for manipulating his words.

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McGregor: 'Sad' how Malignaggi drama went down.

Conor McGregor tells Brett Okamoto that he respects Paulie Malignaggi but his ego was hurt after being "flattened" in their practice fight.

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McGregor: 'I am here to win.'

Conor McGregor says his fight with Floyd Mayweather is not about money, but about "legacy" and silencing the doubters.

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McGregor critiques Floyd's media workout.

While getting his hands wrapped, Conor McGregor describes Floyd Mayweather's media workout as "lackluster" and he "saw a man scared."

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McGregor calls Mayweather 'easy fight.'

Conor McGregor tells a crowd of reporters that with eight ounce gloves, his fight with Floyd Mayweather won't go past two rounds.

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Atlas scared for boxing if McGregor wins.

Teddy Atlas fears for the sport of boxing if Conor McGragor, "an amateur," defeats Floyd Mayweather, "the elite of boxing."

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Atlas provides spirited warmup speech for McGregor.

Teddy Atlas gives a strong message that he would deliver to Conor McGregor if he was in his locker room on August 26.

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McGregor arrives to workout in style.

Conor McGregor gets out of his luxury car with an interesting wardrobe choice.

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Mayweather working out for the media.

Floyd Mayweather works out in the ring with the media on hand in Las Vegas.

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Mayweather makes surprise SportsCenter appearance.

Floyd Mayweather interrupts Brett Okamoto to tell the fans to buy the August 26th fight saying, "It's not a fight, it's an event."

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Mayweather shows he's ready for McGregor.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. held a workout for the media at his boxing club in Las Vegas to promote the Aug. 26 fight between him and Conor McGregor.

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Mayweather is fine with moving to lighter gloves.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. explains why he hopes the Nevada State Athletic Commission approves of 8-ounce gloves, which would be advantageous for Conor McGregor.

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Mayweather strives to own NBA team.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks at other athletes competing late into their careers and explains why he one day plans to stop gambling in order to become a NBA team owner.

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It's a full house for Floyd Mayweather's media workout.

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Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe says ticket sales for Mayweather-McGregor are already over $60 million.

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Mayweather looking to embarrass McGregor.

Floyd Mayweather sits down with Stephen A. Smith to discuss why he'll fight aggressively against Conor McGregor.

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Mayweather: 'I asked for the fight.'

Floyd Mayweather sits down with Stephen A. Smith to describe how the Conor McGregor fight was orchestrated.

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Junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko’s one-sided seventh-round stoppage of Miguel Marriaga on Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles averaged 728,000 viewers for the live airing on ESPN, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was 104,000 fewer viewers than Lomachenko averaged on HBO for his ninth-round KO of Jason Sosa on April 8, even though ESPN is far more widely available than HBO. However, ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing telecast was shifted from ESPN to ESPN2 for the first half of the card -- lightweight Ray Beltran’s decision win over Bryan Vasquez -- because the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions ceremonies ran more than 90 minutes late. The shift didn’t take place until more than a half hour after the scheduled 10 p.m. ET start time and then it moved back to ESPN around midnight for the main event, leaving many viewers confused based on social media comments. A Sunday replay averaged 312,000 viewers.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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British heavyweight David Price (21-4, 18 KOs), whose weak chin has derailed his career, will fight on. Price, 34, who claimed an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 and was the 2012 ESPN.com prospect of the year, has been knocked out in all of his defeats, including in the seventh round by Christian Hammer in February. But he is returning on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series card headlined by the super middleweight quarterfinal between Callum Smith and Erik Skoglund on Sept. 16 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, Price’s hometown. Price will face journeyman Raphael Zumbano Love (39-15-1, 32 KOs), 36, of Brazil, who has faced a who’s who of notable heavyweights, including Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr., Charles Martin and Shannon Briggs, but lost whenever he’s stepped up in opposition. “I’m looking forward to making a statement on the World Boxing Super Series undercard,” Price said. “I know Raphael has been in with some big names and he has taken a few of them the distance. So he must be quite tricky and quite durable, but I view this fight, like all of my fights, as a must win fight.”

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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Mayweather using lighter gloves to sell tickets?

Mike Greenberg is unsure if Floyd Mayweather is requesting to fight Conor McGregor with 8 ounce gloves for completive reasons or as a marketing ploy.

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In early July the teams for secondary bantamweight titlist Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs), 31, of England, and former junior bantamweight titlist Liborio Solis (25-5-1, 11 KOs), 35, of Venezuela, said they had come to terms for their mandatory rematch, so the WBA canceled the purse bid. They had 20 days to submit signed contracts for the fight but they were not finalized when the deal broke down. On Wednesday, the WBA ordered a purse bid again that is scheduled for Aug. 21 at WBA headquarters in Panama City, Panama. The minium bid is $120,000 with McDonell entitled to 75 percent of the winning bid and Solis 25 percent. They first met Nov. 12 in Monte Carlo and McDonnell retained his belt for the fifth time, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 in a very spirited fight. However, it was viewed by many as a very controversial result and Solis appealed to the WBA, which ordered a rematch. Neither fighter has fought since the November bout.

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Stephen A. says Floyd looks 'ready.'

Stephen A. Smith recaps his time with Floyd Mayweather, saying that Mayweather acted "mellow", tried to downplay his dominance in the ring and how Floyd is relieved to not have to fully shoulder promoting this fight like some of his previous bouts.

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Mayweather addresses McGregor's racial remarks.

Floyd Mayweather tells Stephen A. Smith, "I just didn't like when he [Conor McGregor] called us monkeys," and breaks down his opinions on the alleged comments.

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Mayweather calls McGregor matchup 'a billion dollar fight.'

Floyd Mayweather tells Stephen A. Smith that on August 26 that he, Conor McGregor, Showtime and the UFC will be the "happiest people on Earth" because of the amount of money the fight will generate.

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Teddy Atlas' Fight Plan

Fight plan: How Mayweather and McGregor can win.

The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has been all pomp and circumstance so far. But when they get in the ring, each will simply look to take advantage of the other's weaknesses. ESPN's Teddy Atlas scouted those weaknesses.

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How growing up in Dublin shaped McGregor.

Wright Thompson explains how Conor McGregor's roots gave him little choice but to become a fighter.

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