Former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) is scary determined to wear his favorite lightly padded gloves for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) on September, and Mayweather is absolutely focused on not letting those gloves be used on him in this fight for obvious reasons.
Mayweather values his health, and he’d rather not be slurring his words by the time he’s in his mid-40s for him letting Maidana get his way with his favorite Everlast MX gloves.
It’s unclear what the disconnect is for Maidana for him not getting the picture that Mayweather, the A-side in this fight, isn’t going to let him wear his lightly padded gloves, period. That’s just the way it is, and Maidana’s bellyaching isn’t going to change anything other than make him see like a person who can’t understand the concept of the word ‘no.’
If Maidana was fighting some obscure guy where he was the A-side and the obscure guy was the B-side, then Maidana could insist on wearing his favorite gloves of choice, and his opponent couldn’t say anything other than ‘yes’ if he wanted the fight. But that’s not the situation where. Maidana is the B-side, whereas Mayweather is the A-side. As soon as Maidana figures that out, the easier it’ll be on him.
Maidana said “The situation with the gloves is an open issue. It hasn’t been closed yet. I’m going to talk to my team, we are going to push for my gloves and he’s probably going to fight back. But we won’t surrender, we’ll keep pushing. In our first fight, the glove’ issue affected me a little. But now, I know how he [Mayweather] operates and if he wants different gloves, I’ll have different gloves waiting for him. I’ll bring a few options so I’m not caught off guard again. Back in May, I tried to get the attention of the referee in the eighth round because Floyd was fighting very dirty and he didn’t even honor that, he tried to pull a Victor Ortiz shot on me. That’s the type of fighter he is – dirty and sneaky.”
Mayweather wasn’t doing anything dirty in the 8th round in their fight last May other than nailing Maidana with combinations in the center of the ring and making him look bad. That was one of the best rounds that Mayweather had in the fight because he kept the action in the center of the ring and avoided getting driven to the ropes.