A BITE WITH A MOUTHGUARD ON?
By Ed de la Vega, DDS
Sun, 14 Sep 2014
Las Vegas, NV:- Floyd Mayweather, during a clinch in round 8, suddenly backed out and started to complain to referee Kenny Bayless that Maidana ?bit his left hand.?
As a dentist that makes mouthguards for many athletes, including champions such as Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Donnie Nietes, to mention a few, I was surprised by Mayweather?s claim.
People who know nothing about mouthguards will easily believe that Maidana bit a chunk of Mayweather?s glove as some reports stated. But to people like me who make hundreds of them for athletes from many kinds of sports, I found that claim to be ridiculous.
Mouthguards are made thick at the edges where the teeth are located particularly at the area of the front teeth. I do not care how hard Maidana can bite but I find it impossible to bite a chunk of Mayweather?s glove with his mouthguard on!
?He bit my left hand so my fingers are numb,? Mayweather apparently stated.
Maidana must have an extraordinary large mouth to fit all of Floyd?s fingers which were protected by his thick glove.
Really now Floyd, how can your fingers go numb?
But you certainly gained the sympathy from those who know nothing about mouthguards, their design, fit and function.
But to a guy like me who is very familiar with them, I say your claim is a lot of bull!
Photo: Floyd Mayweather Jr complains to Referee Kenny Bayless.
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