Schaefer on glove row: I’m told Mayweather and Maidana will fight
Rumours that the massive pay-per-view featuring Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana could be called off due to a disagreement over gloves have been addressed by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
The original row broke out on Friday night following the weigh-in as Mayweather objected to the gloves Maidana was due to wear in the clash, with advisor Leonard Ellerbe even being quoted as stating that the fight may not happen if a solution isn’t found.
Schaefer has now opened up on pound for pound king Mayweather’s concerns, but told the gathering reporters at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that the fight is not in jeopardy and will go ahead as normal.
“There were some custom-made gloves for Maidana, the Everlast with the horsehair filling,” Schaefer explained.
“There are two types of gloves, the ones with the foam padding and the ones with the horsehair. The third type is a combination of the two.
“What we’re talking about here, though, are ones that were in blue in Argentinian colours. Those were ruled by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as not conforming. They were not allowed.
“Everything will be OK, it’s just a matter of the teams working out which kind of gloves they will use. They’re still talking about it, but everything will be worked out.
“I’m told they’re going to fight, they’re both going to wear gloves and everyone is going to be happy.”
Mayweather defends his awesome 45-0 record on the Showtime PPV extravaganza tonight, with Briton Amir Khan fighting Luis Collazo in the co-feature. Adrien Broner fights Carlos Molina in his comeback contest and J’Leon Love battles Marco Periban at super-middleweight.
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