By Edward Chaykovsky
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26KOs) is not interested in trainer Robert Garcia's wager. Mayweather dared Garcia's fighter, Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31KOs), to bet his purse on their scheduled September 13th rematch.
Garcia offered to take that wager - if Mayweather allowed Maidana to wear the Everlast MX gloves. In a recent interview on BoxingScene.com, Garcia said Mayweather refused to shake his hand to make the bet official.
"Robert Garcia is doing all the talking, but he's not the one who has to get in there and feel this wrath. He don't have to get in there and feel this wrath. I can't worry about what Robert Garcia is saying. How can Robert Garcia make a bet? You're just a trainer. It's not your money. He's trying to come on the record and say 'shake my hand and I can wear my gloves.' No you're not. You are not fighting me with gloves with no padding. No you're not," Mayweather said.
One day prior to their May fight, Mayweather refused to allow Maidana to wear the MX brand of Everlast gloves. He claims the MX gloves selected by Maidana "had no padding." Maidana eventually selected a different model of Everlast gloves. Mayweather is refusing to change his opinion on the matter - despite the Nevada State Athletic Commission approving the second pair of MX gloves that Maidana presented after the initial pair was rejected.
"The Nevada Commission is the best commission in the world and they said the gloves were approved, but at the end of the day - ain't nobody from the Nevada Commission ever got inside that squared circle and had to fight," Mayweather said.