Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Perhaps the best modern day example of a boxer having trouble with his hands is that of, to some, the greatest of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Despite Floyd’s stunningly decorated career, he’s had problems with his brittle hands since his days as an amateur, and if you’ve followed his time in boxing, there seemingly hasn’t been a fight before which there hasn’t been rumours about his worrisome hands.
‘Money May’ has changed who wraps his hands several times in his career, first of all he worked with veteran cutman Miguel Diaz at the start of his career.
I the build up to Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao, Diaz, who was by then working for Pacquiao had some thoughts on Floyds brittle digits.
“He has all the problems in the world with his hands,” said Diaz.
Referring to Floyds trainer and Uncle, Roger Mayweather and his father Floyd Sr., Diaz said:
“They all have the same hands, and the same problems,”
“They didn’t have enough calcium as babies. Their bones did not grow strong.”
For years practices to deal with such problems were walking that fine line, with cornermen often using a syringe before the fight and injecting Novocain into their hands.
That of course has stopped due to modern drug guidelines, with Novacain being banned by Nevada state.
It was in 2014 when Mayweather eventually started working with Bob Ware after spending year working with Rafael Garcia, who as then confined to just cut man duties.
Why Mayweather made the switch is a trade secret, but Ware has revealed that he uses extra tape “in certain places”.
But the padding in his wraps is different, and perfect for those with bad hands, Ware saying:
“My pad is different, definitely. It’s a material I get. … It is just gauze and athletic tape, but you can use a couple different things for the pad, and what I use for Floyd, and other people with bad hands, is pretty good.”