Mayweather: I want eight-ounce gloves for Cotto; I want blood
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to inflict maximum punishment against WBA light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto when he faces him on May 5th in Las Vegas. Mayweather is asking for 8-ounce gloves, which are known as the puncher’s gloves. Those are light gloves that are excellent for getting those most out of your punches and for knocking guys out.
Mayweather said this as quoted by Ringtv: “Against De La Hoya, they gave me heavyweight gloves. They gave me 10-ounce gloves. We are requesting eight ounce gloves for this one. Hopefully, we can get them. We want blood, sweat and tears for this one.”
Mayweather no doubt wants to take advantage of all that scar tissue situated around both of Cotto’s eyes he’s received during his many battles inside the ring. Cotto is known for having soft skin that tears quickly when punches for three or four rounds. Mayweather obviously wants to see Cotto bleeding and near blind from the blood leaking into his eyes from cuts around the eye or eyebrow area.
It’s smart of Mayweather to ask for those gloves, because if he can get Cotto bleeding even from one cut above his eyes, then the battle will be half won. Cotto doesn’t fight well when he’s cut and seems to panic and star running. Since he doesn’t have good stamina, it never works out well for him because he gets tired and takes a beating.
Mayweather likely won’t have to fight Cotto on the glove issue because Cotto will cave in on this because it benefits him as well, because he hits harder than Mayweather with either hand and has a better jab. But it won’t help him if he can’t land his punches due to Mayweather’s excellent defense. And it won’t help Cotto if his skins tears quickly from Mayweather’s shots in the first couple of rounds resulting in him running for the remainder of the fight. Mayweather is a smart guy.
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