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Ringside with Raymundo: A look into the Mayweather-Maidana media tour

Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/GBP

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/GBP

In hyping up the rematch to their May 5 showdown, the consensus No. 1 fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana hit the road in a bold attempt to hit 5 cities in 4 days across the nation, starting in New York and ending in Los Angeles.

We learned a bunch from their nationwide tour.

Here are some key points:

PRESS TOURS FROM HERE ON

The fights in which Mayweather has fought so far in fulfilling his six-fight contract with Showtime that were not spearheaded by a press tour produced less than desirable pay-per-view buys. It was rumored that Mayweather’s fight against Robert Guerrero last May did under 1 million PPV’s, and some sources cited it was well under that number.

Maidana/Mayweather I also reportedly was under the 1 million mark that Mayweather is so used to hitting whenever he fights.

This goes to show that from here on under his Showtime contract, we can expect nationwide press tours to help the hype machine to get rolling.

MAIDANA IS NOT SCARED OF MAYWEATHER

From their initial encounter in New York, and through stops in Texas which actually got physical, to the last portion of the tour in Los Angeles, Maidana has shown no fear or intimidation towards Mayweather.

Maidana was the aggressor when things got testy, and even playfully snapped a selfie with Mayweather in the background that shot across social media.

The Argentine fought his type of fight in the first bout, showing no respect towards Mayweather, and if Maidana comes in the bout fearless once again, expect an entertaining bout just like their first one.

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THE GLOVES WILL STILL BE AN ISSUE

At the post-fight press conference following their May 5 bout, Mayweather asked Maidana to not hit him with dirty shots next time, and Maidana quickly quipped, ‘let me wear my gloves next time’, speaking of the issue in bout I with the gloves.

Mayweather reportedly paid Maidana an undisclosed amount, rumored to be upwards of $1 million, to have Maidana wear a different pair of gloves in their May fight.

The glove issue was talked about in all cities, with trainer Robert Garcia speaking on it, and even bringing out mock gloves, first pink ones that Mayweather autographed when handed, then in Los Angeles a huge pair of gloves were brought out by Garcia as a slight towards Mayweather.

It’s obvious the glove issue will once again come up this September.

The question is, will Mayweather again pay $1 million for Maidana to wear different gloves?

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