Last night it appeared that the Floyd Mayweather v Marcos Maidana fight was in jeopardy of being called off.
A major conflict regarding the gloves that Maidana intended to wear in the fight broke out with the likes of Mayweather himself, Mayweather Sr, Leonard Ellerbe (CEO of Mayweather Promotions), Robert Garcia (Maidana's trainer) and Richard Schaefer (CEO of Golden Boy promotions) all involved in the dispute.
The issue appeared to be over a lack of padding in the knuckle area of Maidana's gloves. The gloves were the standard eight ounces but the distribution of that weight seemed to be in other areas of the gloves.
Mayweather was insistent that he would not be getting in the ring with Maidana wearing those gloves as he insisted it wasn't safe. Mayweather said that he has a life after boxing and that he wants to be able to communicate like a normal person. He said that this would be at risk if he was to allow Maidana to wear these gloves against him.
Mayweather began to question the legitimacy of Maidana's previous knockout victories suggesting that there is no wonder he has been knocking people out with gloves like that.
The gloves looked visibly flat over the knuckle area and they honestly didn't look suitable for the job. Floyd tried the gloves on and straight away said that he could feel his knuckle right against the top of the glove.
The initial gloves were deemed not to conform to commission regulations and then others were brought forward for discussion. The commission approved other gloves and told the two camps to go away and find a pair that both could agree on.
In a fight with so much money on the line and so close to the fight it is unlikely that this was ever going to prevent the bout from taking place. An agreement will be reached between the two camps but this story could rumble on past this fight.
If such gloves have been allowed to be worn in previous fights has a serious injustice been done to the sport and its fighters? At the end of the day the safety of the men entering the ring has to be the paramount concern and it would appear as though such gloves as those intended to be worn would put that at risk.
Obviously details are still sketchy and more will come to light in the coming hours and days but there needs to be greater regulation on custom made gloves in order to protect those who bravely put their safety on the line for our entertainment.
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