Another "GloveGate" situation has been avoided. ESPN.com is reporting that Floyd Mayweather and his team challenged the gloves that Manny Pacquiao wanted to use for Saturday night's big fight, echoing similar concerns that Mayweather raises last May before his first fight with Marcos Maidana.
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The fight's contract stipulated that Mayweather would use his usual Grant gloves, and that Pacquiao would use Reyes gloves. The Nevada State Athletic Commission inspected the gloves earlier this week, but Mayweather challenged the selected pair on Friday.
Mayweather's team wanted CBS executive Leslie Moonves to serve as arbiter in the dispute, as the contract stipulated also that he would be in that role for things that required mutual approval from the two sides. Top Rank's team argued that Moonves had no role in a commission affair, however, and ultimately, Nevada ruled that the gloves Pacquiao wants are legal, and the fight is going ahead as planned. Everyone has the gloves they want.
There was a feeling among many this week that something like this may come up, but it appears to have been pretty much a non-issue, which is good.