Mayweather Camp: Serious Concern Over Brittle Hands, Loss of Leg Strength


The latest out of the Vegas-based Mayweather camp is a serious concern developing over brittle hands and loss of leg strength and endurance. While the media has covered the issue in snippets, there is a camp-wide attempt to cover the seriousness with which trainers and staff are taking the issue.

Money May has had knuckle and metacarpal problems for much of his career. His hands are relatively small, and with all the pounding they have taken over the years, they have become somewhat brittle and susceptible to injury. His problems are not unlike what the elderly deal with as a way of life. Their bones become mineral-depleted and brittle over time and are susceptible to breakage. Mayweather’s bones, while not brittle from mineral depletion, are structurally weak because of the constant pounding. Muhammad Ali himself had a similar problem and was forced to take pain-killing shots in his knuckles prior to many of his fights.

People who do not box for a living find it hard to imagine the problems long-tenured fighters develop with their hands. Bone integrity and structure degrades over time and the strength that fighters once derived from strong metacarpals, the long bones in the hand from the knuckles to the wrist, give way, and punching power starts to soften up. If fighters throw caution to the wind, and continue to punch with all their might during training, they risk micro- and full-fracture of the metacarpals.

As one peruses Mayweather training footage one will note how softly, in relative terms, Money May hits the heavy bag. Boxers with soft or brittle hands will go through training camps not punching with full power and intensity for fear of hurting their hands, and, in order to preserve them for all out use in the fight, they will fall into a pattern of light punching on mitts, bags and in sparring. Because the self-styled “best ever” is preparing for the formidable Pacman, he has been hitting the bag and sparring more vigorously of late, and, in so doing, has unduly softened up his hands and inadvertently hurt them.

Standard procedure after a training session is soaking injured hands in ice water in order to reduce inflammation and resolve the build-up of ischemic fluids that, if left untreated, compromise bone, muscle and joint integrity. Untreated hands and those not given enough time to heal become very painful to the touch. Mayweather’s camp recently conceded that Money May is fully conditioned for the fight and actually may have already peaked. He will be scaling down his workout to remain at peak condition without over-training. This is code for trainers pulling May away from constant knuckle-pounding activity.

In addition to the Mayweather camp’s serious concern over brittle hands and possible breakage is the realization that Money May has demonstrable loss of leg strength and endurance. While this would appear to be obvious given his age, the old maxim that a fighter suddenly gets old is ringing true as Money May has been pressed in sparring sessions and forced to move a lot more than he has in the past. It is now more fully dawning on Mayweather’s trainers that his legs are not able to carry him for a full twelve rounds without him having to take time off and refresh them. While Freddie Roach has been claiming that Mayweather’s legs have been shot for a while, it is just in this camp that Money May is discovering how true that is.

The timing of the hand and leg problems could not be worse for Mayweather as he is about to face an opponent who will, because of his aggression, force him to stand and fight or move and work off the jab. The problem becomes herculean in that, if Money stands and fights, he will fall into the Pacquiao game plan, falling prey to a left hand that has troubled him throughout his career. If Money May cannot move, then he needs to rely on his power to stop Pac in his tracks.

Because of the leg issues, this “power first” is a strategy that trainers have been emphasizing of late in sparring sessions. As a result, Money’s hand problems have exacerbated, leaving Mayweather stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. That is, his legs are declining, refusing him the ability to move a lot, and his hands are also failing him, thus refusing him the ability to stand and fight. The reactionary manner in which trainers have dealt with Mayweather’s physical problems and increasing limitations have created a spiraling effect where, as one problem is addressed, another emerges, and so on.

For all the world it looks like Mayweather would have been better off fighting Pacquiao those five years ago and in waiting so long, perhaps to soften Pac up, Money May has inadvertently softened himself up. As serious concern is developing in the Mayweather camp over brittle hands and loss of leg strength, and it is becoming clear that, curiously enough, it is in fact Mayweather who has softened up to the point where he may well be ripe for the taking. No wonder Roach has been smiling these past six weeks.

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49 Responses to "Mayweather Camp: Serious Concern Over Brittle Hands, Loss of Leg Strength"

  1. Kareem Abdullah   May 8, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Welp….Looks like he still found a way to win.

  2. Kidd Kulafu Guerrero   April 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Floyd will get destroyed. May 2, 2015. AZZ KICKING, BABY!!!

  3. Raul   April 18, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Mayweather kos paquiao in the 5th!

  4. Gilbert Farmer   April 18, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Mayweather successful to 8th round

  5. Kenneth Berry   April 17, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Mayweather stops him in the tenth

    • ibrahim   April 18, 2015 at 2:50 am

      Keep dreaming

      • tauhid   April 18, 2015 at 8:48 am


        • tauhid   April 18, 2015 at 8:49 am

          Nice one..

  6. John Peralta   April 17, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Like what Floyd Sr. said when he trained Ricky Hatton, ” After tonight, it won’t be the same” which is true thatt his trainee kiss the canvas and sleep just only 2nd round. The worst, he vanished like smoke after the fight for interview. No one see him puff out of the ring as fast as there wind. Floyd Sr. is like a river water….u can hear the rush but not that deep.

  7. Michael Lim   April 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Just don’t give in to thoughts of “No Mas.”

  8. carlos serrano   April 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Just wait until the fight, I hope we get what we havebeen waiting for a good fight, may the best win

  9. Russ Andy   April 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    This was a very poorly written article. It was full of conjecture and suppositions that are presented as fact.

  10. ben   April 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Okay….here comes excuse number ONE!!!! lMFAC!!!

  11. JLoves boxing   April 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    You pactards jump on anything written about Mayweather. Its just hype alot of media just put that crap out an you eat it up!! All your hate for him will be channeled correctly for a mayweather victory. He stands to make 180 million and you think he will back out???? Just goes to show if you are so confident in your man why comment. Deep down you all know MoneyMay 48-0 come may 3!

    • julian   April 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Very true but what I wanna know is how they know sooooo much about his training and ailments now.

  12. smooth Mcbad   April 17, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    The fight will happen, all the reports of this and that are anecdotal at best. All this is hearsay, so on may2 I’ll be watching this bout and cheering for my the fighter that I think will win.

  13. wali   April 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Great athletes overcome anything.

  14. Kyle   April 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    First off, Mayweather was the one who refused to fight Pacquiao for so long. They say it’s to soften up Pacman. But the reality is that Money is a couple of years older than Pacman. Of course, the former will soften up earlier than the latter. If no one in the former’s camp realized this, then the whole lot of them are not using their heads. That’s very doubtful. The better explanation is that it’s a big lame excuse that their side attempted make plausible.

    Here’s how it looks:
    “Let’s say Money’s suffering from a health problem” ->
    “So, we can say he’s forced to resort to another tactic” ->
    “Let’s add another health issue even if it’s medically improbable that 2 health issues nearly simultaneously crop up, since people don’t really know this fact.” ->
    “Hence, he can’t resort to the alternate tactic either” ->
    “We now have an excuse to taint the undefeated record if ever that happens.” ->
    “Wait, to cover up the fact that we are the ones who had been avoiding this fight, let’s say it was a strategy to soften up the other fighter.” ->
    “Now, we can simply say that the strategy backfired.” ->
    “There you go, we have an air-tight excuse.”
    (After releasing the article)
    “Damn, we forgot the fact that we always knew our fighter is older than the other and it’s unlikely the latter will soften up earlier.”

  15. LAWRENCE STUCKEY III   April 17, 2015 at 11:42 am

    We’ll have see. I don’t believe everything I read. Maybe that’s the reason why he’s being so quiet this time. Not talking so much sh_t.

  16. Ed Freist   April 17, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Wahhhhh wahhhhhhh here come the excuses he is already scared and trying to figure a way out hmmmmm best ever ?????

  17. Benjie   April 17, 2015 at 9:50 am

    So tsk tsk tsk… Somebody said the fight will not happen as gayweather will find an excuse… Is this a prelude to ” his di_k is broken?????? ” hahaahha

    • Ed Freist   April 17, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Yes yes it is

  18. Kidlat Thunder   April 17, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Vegas is already making excuses for Floyd’s inevitable loss.

  19. dman   April 17, 2015 at 8:38 am

    No excuses come fight night hopefully for Mayweather whose getting 200+ mill for this fight. He can pay for bionic hands after.

  20. Temyo   April 17, 2015 at 8:27 am

    If these observations are 50% true, Mayweather will not last 12 rounds.

  21. TXPnoy   April 17, 2015 at 7:39 am

    isn’t taking pain killer injection on your knuckles and hands be cheating? makes it numb, not feeling any pain. Meaning, Drugs that would Enhance Performance. hence PED’s !!

  22. PACMANUSA   April 17, 2015 at 6:30 am

    IF the SOB has the balls to get in the ring with Pacquiao I hope Pacman breaks a whole bunch of the bastards bones !

  23. PERRY   April 17, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Floyd is already entering the acceptance stage of a loss ahead of the biggest fight ever.

  24. Carlos   April 17, 2015 at 4:55 am


  25. Coco   April 17, 2015 at 3:58 am


  26. [email protected]   April 17, 2015 at 3:29 am

    thats why he hired ariza and heridia. TO spy and PEDS

  27. Ramon G   April 17, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I hope Mayweather’s camp will find and solve this problem… the world wants the best of Floyd at fight night.

  28. wellmade123   April 17, 2015 at 2:38 am


  29. marco   April 17, 2015 at 2:27 am


  30. Sh Su   April 17, 2015 at 2:04 am

    who cares about brittle hands there’s xylocaine to help…

  31. marl   April 17, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I hope that he will not rely on peds to gain power like jmm. Pacquiao has been randomly blood tested 6 times already. How about floyd? I don’t see much report on that matter.

  32. marko   April 17, 2015 at 1:44 am

    That’s some serious analysis… Mayweather cud be in trouble. But how about Pacqiuao? Isn’t it possible that he might have the same problem? Given that he has not stopped anyone lately?

  33. J-Zone Caballero   April 17, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Yeah he’ll also do anything that includes injecting illegal substance into his soft brittle hands. RIP Floyd Mayweather Jr. May 2, 2015

  34. Philip Guele   April 17, 2015 at 1:27 am

    It did seem quite noticeable during Mayweathers open training session that his calves looked very scrawny and atrophied. I suppose that if Mayweather is forced to move alot, then he will get very fatigued and have trouble just trying to remain standing.

  35. ley   April 17, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Now it looks to be “becoming EVEN-playing field”. Pacquiao has all odds stacked up against him. Him fighting a bigger opponent, a true welterweight, highly skilled and roided to the max by Heredia and Ariza, protected by USADA as history has proven, while USADA has blood tested Pacman for 6x times and each time getting 4 vials of blood, while Floyd’s side tested once and without proof of testing). Floyd gaining inside knowledge about Pacquiao by hiring Alex Ariza and James Dayap (Pacman’s videographer) to find out Pacman’s weaknesses. They sending a mole in Pacman’s camp and injuring Manny. Now if this issue is true, God must be evening out the playing field.

  36. boxmeister   April 17, 2015 at 12:20 am

    May 2 will humble the fake P4P number one. Manny Pacquiao through the years of waiting to unleash his wrath is but days away. Wouldn’t be surprised if at the last few days Floyd will back out of this super fight feigning injury and totally expose his fear of Manny Pacquiao. Hopefully, I am dead wrong.

  37. WBOX   April 17, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Just don’t use PED’s i warn you Floyd!!

  38. Floyd-Bading   April 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    He’ll do everything including breaking his own hands just to run away from Pacquiao.

  39. Arbee Baysa   April 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    If that s the case, there is a big chance that Mayweather will call this fight off Or if not try to knock Pacquaio off the first 3 rounds. He can t go the agony fighting for 12 rounds punching a stone in Pacquiao. But regardless I still see Pacquaio winning by a unanimous decision. Hack it on a stone:)

  40. Floyd Sr.   April 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Excuses to take drugs for hand. And excuses if ever he looses. Tsk Tsk Tsk

  41. Joe Real   April 16, 2015 at 10:01 pm


  42. hendrix fuentes   April 16, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    perhaps its true god will deliver floyd in pacs hands

  43. Olguko   April 16, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    We are just being conditioned that Floydie needs to take drugs… for this condition.

  44. pikkon   April 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    floyd sr would go ballistic if he reads this…he would ask who released the truth about floyd?..


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