LAS VEGAS -- Marcos Maidana said he was “robbed” by judges and that he beat Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather won the welterweight championship unification bout by majority decision with two judges ruling in his favor, 117-114 and 116-112, and the third scoring it 114-114.
“I feel I was robbed,” Maidana said through a translator. “I feel I won.”
On Friday night, Mayweather balked at the custom-made gloves Maidana had selected. A fighter's gloves must be approved by his opponent, as well as the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Both the Mayweather camp and the commission objected to the distribution of padding in the gloves, arguing there was too much weight in the wrist area and not enough padding on the knuckles.
Several hours before the fight, the dispute was resolved. Maidana, who had wanted to wear blue Everlast gloves that matched Argentina’s flag, agreed to wear stock black-and-yellow Everlast gloves.
Everlast CEO Neil Morton told Yahoo! Sports that the custom and stock models of that glove are identical and that Mayweather might have simply been seeking a psychological edge.
“When they took away my gloves, they took away my advantage,” Maidana said. “If I would have had my gloves, I would have knocked him out.”
Maidana said Floyd “never hurt me with a punch,” and that the cut opened over Mayweather’s right eye didn’t come from an accidental head butt, as referee Tony Weeks ruled, but from a punch.
“I trained hard, and I fought a good fight,” Maidana said. “And I feel that this was an injustice.”
Maidana bristled when asked if he would agree to a rematch with Mayweather.
“I have to give it to him,” Maidana said, “because I won the fight.”
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