Updates from Saturday, May 3
Dan Ambrose of BoxingNews24.com provides a statement from trainer Robert Garcia discussing the glove controversy surrounding Marcos Maidana:
We said how about those Reyes gloves, and they said ‘Nope.’ They didn’t approve of the Reyes. They were pushing for those Grant [gloves]. I don’t like Grant. My fighters never wear Grant. The contract says we can wear whatever gloves we wish…Ellerbe said ‘No fight.’ I said ‘Okay, no fight.’ So we walked out and said the fight’s off.
According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, the fight is still on:
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said he spoke to Mayweather advisor Al Haymon, who confirmed the bout is on. Schaefer said Mayweather will wear Grant gloves, while Maidana will fight in Everlast. Schaefer did not know specifically which brand of Everlast Maidana will wear, though the Nevada Athletic Commission had approved a stock pair of red Everlast MX gloves.
The commission on Friday had ruled that a pair of custom blue Everlast MX gloves were invalid and couldn't be worn. Mayweather claimed there was no padding in the knuckles of those gloves.
"Al assured me this is over and we're going forward with the fight," Schaefer said.
Floyd Mayweather has reportedly taken umbrage with the type of glove Marcos Maidana wants to use for their fight Saturday night.
Fight Hype's Ben Thompson reported that the Maidana and Mayweather camps clashed Friday, with the major bone of contention being the perceived lack of padding in Maidana gloves:
When both teams arrived to select their gloves, Team Mayweather was not pleased with the lack of padding in the Everlast gloves that Team Maidana wanted to use.
After hours of back-and-forth conversations between Ellerbe, Robert Garcia, and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, the Commission ruled that the specific gloves that Maidana wanted to use were not acceptable, however, the actual brand and style would be allowed provided Maidana use a different pair.
Fight Hype posted a video of the debacle to YouTube (warning, video contains language that is NSFW).
Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole provided some more perspective:
Glove issue is not resolved yet but IT IS NOT a commission issue. Fight is GOING TO HAPPEN. Here is what is going on right now:— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2014
Maidana is going to wear Everlast gloves. Everlast makes two different types of gloves. Maidana wants to wear the pair filled with horsehair— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2014
The padding in that glove can be moved TMT is arguing to make a punching surface that is more hand and less glove. Both gloves are approved— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2014
by the NAC so the commission basically told the camps to resolve. Reps for both sides are meeting to discuss now.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2014
The NAC upheld Ellerbe's complain about the blue gloves and ruled them invalid.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2014
The commission did approve the stock Red Everlast MX gloves and Chino agreed to wear that. TMT still objected.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2014
As long as Chino wears an approved glove, fight is OK. Camps are discussing between themselves, but Chino can wear the red MX per NAC— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2014
It is ONLY the custom made blue gloves that are invalid. Maidana could wear the red ones because they are approved.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2014
Michael Woods of The Sweet Science wanted to drill home the point that this will in no way stop the fight from happening:
To reiterate the fight will go on. They will hash out which gloves will be used. Carry on, friends— Michael Woods (@Woodsy1069) May 3, 2014
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer isn't even considering the prospect of cancellation:
Schaefer says have no fear the fight will go on.— Michael Woods (@Woodsy1069) May 3, 2014
You can see why each camp may be upset.
If you're Mayweather, you don't want to be in a fight where the opponent might have an advantage because the padding on his gloves shifts. Maidana already has enough power. He doesn't need any help in that regard.
However, if you're Maidana, what's the big deal in using gloves that the commission itself has approved? The glove must not be a major problem if it's still legal to use:
As Iole and Woods tweeted out, there's no chance that this fight won't take place. Mayweather alone has at least $32 million reasons to take on Maidana on Saturday, per SportsCenter:
Floyd Mayweather will earn a minimum of $32 million for bout vs Marcos Maidana. Watch the two fighters weigh in from Las Vegas #LIVEonSC.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 2, 2014
Both sides will surely come to some sort of compromise Friday night or Saturday morning; too much planning has gone into this pay-per-view, and too much money is on the line.
Once the bout begins, this whole glove controversy will take a backseat to what happens in the ring, unless Mayweather gets knocked out, in which case the gloves Maidana uses may become a major storyline.
But don't be surprised if everybody forgets about this once the dust clears and the two camps reach an agreement.