Mayweather protests about Pacquiao’s cup protector, feels it’s too high
By Raj Parmar: Unbeaten WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) has requested that the Las Vegas Nevada Commission take a close look at his opponent WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao’s cup guard to ensure it does not protect against legitimate body shot for their fight this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The commission did in fact go to Manny’s training camp and inspected the cup protector in order to ensure it was not illegally protecting Manny’s gut area.
“They made a protest about Manny’s cup. They came to training this week, inspected it and approved it,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach stated to dailymail.co.uk.com, “The commissioner marked it and signed it to make sure it’s the one he’s wearing on the night. But it’s the regular cup.”
Freddie also took some time to address any potential glove issue for the fight and indicated that the gloves they wish to use on fight night have already been approved by the commission. He has however been told that Mayweather’s gloves are not ready yet and he will personally ensure nothing is looking suspicious on fight night.
“As for the gloves, the commission have approved our gloves but they say theirs are not ready yet,” Roach explained, “I will be the one in their dressing room watching them wrap Floyd’s hands. Manny wraps his own hands.”
With the massive worldwide interest this event is getting and the record breaking number of people set to tune in on Saturday night, it is beneficial for all parties to settle any potential issues such as gloves, cup protectors, etc., as fast as possible. Mayweather is known for hitting his opponents with an effective straight jab to the body to slow down their attacks, therefore he has great interest in ensuring Manny’s body is in clear view with nothing in the way of a sustained body attack.
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