LAS VEGAS – A bizarre controversy erupted late Friday afternoon following the weigh-in for the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana fight at the MGM Grand Garden that a Mayweather team executive said put the fight in jeopardy.
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.