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Richard Schaefer: ‘Glove-gate’ averted, Mayweather-Maidana is on

LAS VEGAS — A glove controversy which jeopardized tonight's welterweight clash between RING and WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand on Showtime Pay Per View has been resolved, according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

"There were some customized gloves made by Maidana which had the Everlast with the horse hair," said Schaefer. "There are the gloves with the padding with the foam filling, and the ones with the horse hair and then there is third one with a combination of the two of them."

Maidana's Everlast eight-ounce brands were found to have lacked the appropriate amount of padding around the area at the knuckles, according to Schaefer, but those have since been replaced and Schaefer said that he was "confident everything will be worked out."

"There were some issues about the gloves, more specifically, the padding or the lack thereof of the gloves… What we're talking about here is that those customized gloves which were in the Argentine colors were ruled by the commission as not comforming, and so, those are not allowed," said Schaefer.

"Then, other different Everlast gloves were produced… and they were all okay by the commission, so now I think that both of the teams are working out which ones they are going to be. So everything is going to be okay. It was just a matter of which type of gloves it's going to be."

Mayweather is set to use Grant gloves, but Maidana's Everlast MX gloves were suspected of being "back-loaded" around the wrist area in addition to not having enough padding at the crest of the fist, according to Mayweather's attorney, John Hornewer, in a report on The Sweet Science website.

Mayweather, Hornewer and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe objected to the distribution of the padding as well of the "integrity of the packaging" of the equipment, which was shrink-wrapped.

"No wonder why he's hitting motherf—–s and they're falling everywhere," said Mayweather, according to a video on Fighthype.com, after examining the gloves. "They ain't have no padding in there. No wonder why fighters is dying on the regular. We're supposed to be here protecting the fighters."

Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Franciso Aguilar could not be reached for an immediate comment. But Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe initially cast doubt on the status of the fight.

"We're trying to figure that out," said Ellerbe. "But we're not fighting with him in those gloves."

Schaefer, however, said that he expects the bout to happen.

"They're still talking about it, but everything will be worked out… Now it's just a matter of which gloves they're going to use. I am absolutely confident that it will all be worked out," said Schaefer.

"All of the gloves were eight ounce gloves. But when you have gloves, to make them eight ounces, that's easy. The question is where's the weight distributed."

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