Arum: Mayweather bleeds in sparring every time he gets hit
By Raj Parmar: Following up on reports in the last couple of days that Floyd Mayweather Jr is suffering some bumps and bruises in training camp as he prepares to defend his welterweight crown (and undefeated record) against Manny Pacquiao, Manny’s promoter Bob Arum is adding more fuel to the fire.
Not only is Arum confirming that Floyd recently suffered from a bleeding lip during sparring, he is stating that the pound for pound king now has to use special headgear to avoid the lip from repeatedly bleeding.
“He couldn’t spar for a few days because his lip was cut,” Arum said per espn.co.uk, “They had to manufacture a special headgear that covered his lip because every time Floyd got hit, it bled.”
Mayweather’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza is refuting claims of Mayweather wearing any protective headgear but has acknowledged that Floyd did suffer some facial injuries as result of a headbutt that occurred in sparring.
“Neither Floyd nor the sparring partner wears the headgear with the protective bar,” said Ariza to abs-cbnnews, “We use the old headgear, which is very similar to the Olympic style – open face. Unfortunately we see the small head butt. That was not a big deal, but that’s what happened in sparring – busted lip, black eyes, bloody noses.”
Alex is adamant that there is nothing too serious about Mayweather’s reported ailments and Floyd is right on track in training camp.
“(There is) nothing broken that would cause any concern or delay of this fight,” Ariza confirmed, “We haven’t missed any training session. We haven’t taken any breaks which are not the regular breaks that we normally take, so nothing is out of the ordinary.”
As the Mayweather camp is known to be very selective of who gets into the gym when Floyd is training and even more protective when Floyd is sparring, it makes one wonder how the opposing camp’s promoter Bob Arum would be able to know what headgear Floyd is wearing during the sparring.
Ariza is however subtlety admitting that Floyd is going through some injuries in training, but how major or minor the injuries really are is something that nobody but Floyd himself probably knows as he quickly approaches the biggest fight of his career on May 2.
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