Legendary Cutman Rafael Garcia Passes Away

    Legendary cutman Rafael Garcia passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 88. 

    Garcia has more than six decades of experience and worked with 35 world champions. He worked all over the world with fighters such as Roberto Duran, Alexis Arguello, Wilfredo Gomez, Chad Dawson and many more.

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    Garcia will be most remembered by today’s fans for his association with five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., with whom he worked with for over a decade.

    Mayweather released a statement on social media: “Rafael Garcia you will be missed. You lived your life to the fullest, and you will be remembered for all your contributions to the sport of boxing. Let your soul rest with no more pain. Love always and forever your Mayweather Promotions family.”

    Garcia wrapped Mayweather’s hands, took care of any cuts, although there were not many, and always provided a sense of comfort to Mayweather during their heat of battle. Mayweather retired back in August at age 40 with a 50-0 record and 27 knockouts when he bested Conor McGregor in the highly touted “Fight of the Century”.

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    Mayweather had a well-known issue with his hands feeling brittle, and with Garcia handling his wraps, the legendary corner man was in charge of the most expensive hands in boxing history.

    Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.