It just wouldn't be a "Money" fight without some last-minute drama.
Just hours before tonight's (Sat., May 3, 2014) epic championship pay-per-view (PPV) inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a new wrinkle in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana saga has put their welterweight title fight in jeopardy.
Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports has the short and tall of it:
Maidana wanted to wear a custom-made powder blue pair of Everlast MX boxing gloves. Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, objected to the padding in the custom gloves. Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission, examined those gloves and ruled they were unfit for competition because of the distribution of padding. However, Aguilar ruled a stock red pair of Everlast MX gloves were acceptable and he approved them for use. Mayweather complained about the padding in those, but Aguilar stood firm and said those were legal. He then ordered the sides to settle the dispute among themselves, since the commission had approved the Everlast MX gloves. Ellerbe left a meeting among the camps and said, "No fight."
Fight Hype has the video featuring Ellerbe's hard-line stance:
"We're not fighting anybody in some gloves that don't have no damn padding...there won't be a fight...my fighter's health and safety is more important than putting on a show...he's not getting in the ring fighting anybody with gloves that don't have no padding...it was embarrassing to bring those kind of gloves...we're not fighting tomorrow...we're not approving fighting in those gloves"
The fight, before the fight.
After NSAC approved an alternate set of gloves, both camps were left to their own devices over any possible resolution, but it should be noted that most people behind the scenes are not worried about the bout falling apart. Especially considering Mayweather Jr. gets $32.5 million just for showing up, plus PPV revenue and other additional profits.
And we'll be waiting.
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