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Mayweather to face regulators over gym fights as Ariza claims official role

Phil Jay 22/09/2014

Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr is to be hauled before Nevada regulators on Tuesday after footage of fights held at his Las Vegas gym was scrutinized before his rematch with Marcos Maidana.

The 37 year-old was shown on his self-produced ‘All Access’ programme on Showtime allowing bouts to take place at the famed Mayweather establishment without the fighters involved having any breaks.

Mayweather oversaw contests that lasted at least 31 minutes and went on to explain that this practice is something he approves at his gym, in allowing the participants to ‘fight until one of them quits’ like in the old days.

Nevada State authorities will now run the rule of Mayweather’s gym antics as they stipulate that the current two-weight world champion talk them through his actions at a meeting this week.

Also on the agenda will be the apparent use of cannabis at his Vegas mansion, as a group of his girlfriends were shown rolling joints on footage allowed on the pre-fight shows by Mayweather himself.

‘Money’ is notorious for wanting complete control of what is shown as the cameras follow him around in the run-up to his multi-million dollar encounters, but Mayweather seems to have shot himself in the foot yet again.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission have licensed Mayweather to promote his own events, along with allowing other professionals to use his gym facilities, although neither of these sanctions are said to be under threat.

It is a more likely scenario that 47-0 Mayweather will get a rap on the knuckles for his trouble and be warned about his future conduct as an ambassador for the sport.

In other Mayweather news, strength trainer Alex Ariza has claimed that he is now officially a part of the TMT set-up, despite Floyd stating that the controversial figure would not be given a place on the payroll.

“I signed an official contract for two years to serve as Floyd’s strength and conditioning coach,” – Ariza is quote by the Manila Standard/Viva Sports as saying after working with Mayweather briefly in the build-up to the Maidana fight.

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