LAS VEGAS — RING No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. and RING junior middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will be wearing 10-ounce Grant brand gloves when they meet on Saturday night at the MGM Grand on Showtime Pay Per View.
Mayweather (44-0, 26 knockkouts), owner of THE RING and WBC 147-pound belts and whose WBA 154-pound title will be on the line against Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs), will be wearing blue gloves. Alvarez will be wearing green, according to Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The special handcrafted custom gloves are made entirely of metallic leather. Mayweather’s are blue, silver, gold and black, while Alvarez’s are green, silver, gold and black.
ABNER MARES-JHONNY GONZALEZ, ADRIEN BRONER-MARCOS MAIDANA ON DEC. 14?
Three-division titlewinner Abner Mares, in town for the Mayweather-Alvarez fight, said that a rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez is being considered for a Dec. 14 Showtime Pay Per View card that could be headlined by WBA welterweight beltholder Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana.
Mares (26-1-1, 14 KOs) lost by shocking first-round knockout loss to Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs) that dethroned him as WBC featherweight titleholder last month. Mares first informed RingTV.com of his desire for a return bout with Gonzalez, who has scored knockouts in 13 of his past 15 victories.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer informed RingTV.com on Tuesday that Dec. 14 was the potential pay per view date for Broner-Maidana, and said of Gonzalez-Mares II that he hoped to “get that fight done somewhere in November-December.”
“I asked for the rematch right after my last fight happened. Two days later, I called Richard Schaefer and I told him, ‘Richard, I want my rematch. I saw the fight and I felt there was no fight,” said Mares.
“I owe it to my people, because, literally, there was no fight. It ended in the first round. We’re in a waiting period. Waiting to see if Jhonny’s okay with the contract and then, we’ll take it from there.”
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