Floyd Mayweather Jr. threatened to pull out of his Showtime boxing pay-per-view (PPV) fight scheduled for later this evening (May 3, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada, after rejecting a pair of boxing gloves used by his opponent, Marcos Maidana, due to a lack of padding (full story here).
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) agreed.
But shortly after the glove fiasco blew up in "Sin City," NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar was able to work with the Argentine boxer and find a pair of mitts that fit the bill. It wasn't enough to satisfy the "Money" requirements at first, but it appears Mayweather has finally come around.
Everlast CEO Neil Morton explains why in his conversation with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports:
"The process is very simple. The athlete says, 'I would like this glove in this color with this artwork on it.' In this case, Maidana wanted to wear an Argentine blue color and I think maybe he wanted them with the flag on it. That, I can't quite remember. But then we put a Pantone color on it, we attach it to our tech pack and we send it to the factory and ask them to produce 6 to 10 pairs of the MX gloves using our tech pack in this Pantone. Floyd is the greatest fighter of my time and maybe the greatest of all-time and if he feels this is what he needs to do to gain a psychological edge, that's fine and I have no problem with it."
Mayweather Jr. has a history of playing mind games with his opponents.
Nothing left to do now except fight (we hope).
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