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Mayweather Balks at 'Heavyweight Gloves' For Cotto Bout

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Floyd Mayweather Jr. was more than willing to challenge Miguel Cotto at 154 pounds.

The undefeated five-division champion didn’t want his May 5 fight against Cotto to be contested somewhere between 154 and 147 pounds because Cotto contends part of the reason he was depleted when he lost to Manny Pacquiao was because their welterweight championship match was contested at a catch weight.

“As far as Pacquiao versus Cotto, he fought him at a catch weight,” Mayweather said following a press conference at the Apollo Theater. “So it was a drained Cotto. So I’m going into this fight looking at Cotto as an undefeated fighter. He fought one guy [Antonio Margarito] that was cheating and he fought another guy at a catch weight. I wanted to fight him at 154, so there won’t be any excuses.”

That said, there’s another number Mayweather would like to alter the night they fight for Cotto’s WBA super welterweight title at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) said he has requested that the Nevada State Athletic Commission allow him and Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) to wear eight-ounce gloves during their 12-round fight.

Association of Boxing Commission rules state that boxers must wear 10-ounce gloves for fights above the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, but Mayweather is holding out hope.

“[Against] Oscar De La Hoya, they gave me heavyweight gloves,” Mayweather said regarding his last fight at 154 pounds, nearly five years ago. “We are requesting eight-ounce gloves. Hopefully we’ll get it. If not, we’ll go with the tens. We want eights. We want blood, sweat and tears.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by freedom213 on 03-02-2012

[QUOTE=Dan-O-Mac;11841594]Side by side with a pair of vintage Flores 6oz. Pro fight glove, used by the likes of Robinson, Fullmer, few other old school legends as well. [IMG]http://static.boxrec.com/wiki/thumb/c/c5/F63075.jpg/783px-F63075.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee393/rskbreaker/IMG_6148.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee393/rskbreaker/IMG_6149.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee393/rskbreaker/IMG_6150.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] Wow , Cool and thanks!

Comment by freedom213 on 03-02-2012

[QUOTE=Gold Mamba;11841548]The outcome would have been the same IMO. Shane doesnt have the smarts or the skills to defeat Mayweather. If anyone thinks that Shane wearing Reyes gloves would have allowed him to land more than the 2 measly punches…

Comment by The Gambler1981 on 03-01-2012

Mayweather's hands must be feeling good, I hope he doesn't hurt his hand because that is about what Cotto would need to happen to have a chance atleast if it was early enough and he realizes it.

Comment by Eaner0919 on 03-01-2012

[quote=Biolink;11841629]You think Ortiz was forced to wear Grant because of corporate sponsorship, or because Mayweather was giving up so much size? I think Ortiz could full time compete at 154 tomorrow if he wanted.[/quote] stipulated in contract if he were…

Comment by Eaner0919 on 03-01-2012

[quote=Gold Mamba;11841592]when did I say Mosley was "forced"? I don't think I used the word "forced". I was just responding to [I]" IMO he made a mistake he should have gone with the glove he's been most successful with and…

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