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Floyd Mayweather pays tribute to cut man Rafael Garcia

by 15/11/2017 06:58:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Rafael Garcia established himself as brilliant cornerman to 35 world champions
  • He shot to prominence as man who helped Floyd Mayweather's hand issues
  • Mexican passed away aged 88 and Mayweather paid tribute on social media 
  • He wrote: 'Rafael Garcia you will be missed. You lived your life to the fullest' 

By Will Griffee For Mailonline

Published: 04:48 EST, 15 November 2017 | Updated: 06:58 EST, 15 November 2017

Floyd Mayweather paid a heartfelt tribute to his cut man Rafael Garcia who has died aged 88. 

The retired 50-0 American harnessed the talents of Garcia as a hand wrapper and cornerman who was a much-loved member of the boxing community. 

On his Instagram page, Mayweather posted a montage of pictures of the pair together, adding the caption: 'RIP Grand Dad. I will always love you.'

Floyd Mayweather (right) and his cut man Rafael Garcia celebrate victory over Andre Berto
Floyd Mayweather (right) and his cut man Rafael Garcia celebrate victory over Andre Berto

Floyd Mayweather (right) and his cut man Rafael Garcia celebrate victory over Andre Berto

The Mexican-born corner man helped Mayweather for a large portion of his career
The Mexican-born corner man helped Mayweather for a large portion of his career

The Mexican-born corner man helped Mayweather for a large portion of his career

And Mayweather Promotions added their own message on Twitter: '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's health deteriorated after he was stung by a swarm of bees earlier this year. He recently suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with leukaemia two weeks ago. 

He is credited with helping fix Mayweather's fragile hands which were plagued with problems during his magnificent career.

Garcia was a much-loved member of the boxing community he served for decades
Garcia was a much-loved member of the boxing community he served for decades

Garcia was a much-loved member of the boxing community he served for decades

Mayweather required Garcia's skills in the corner on many occasions in his 50-0 career
Mayweather required Garcia's skills in the corner on many occasions in his 50-0 career

Mayweather required Garcia's skills in the corner on many occasions in his 50-0 career

Mayweather affectionately referred to Garcia as 'Grand dad' showing the almost familial bond he felt with the cornerman. 

But it wasn't just the former five-weight world champion who benefited from Garcia's skill and composure during fights. 

He helped a staggering 35 world champions during his involvement in the sport which spanned more than 60 years.

Over 60 years in boxing, Garcia (right) worked with an astonishing 35 world champions
Over 60 years in boxing, Garcia (right) worked with an astonishing 35 world champions

Over 60 years in boxing, Garcia (right) worked with an astonishing 35 world champions

Jessie Vargas, his godson, also offered his own glowing tribute: 'He had so much to do with me developing and becoming the fighter I am.

'He’s been involved in my career ever since I can remember. He had such much knowledge. He’d been around the sport for decades and he picked up a lot and he shared what he knew. I could sit here for hours telling you the things he taught me about boxing.' 

Garcia was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame this year and will evidently be sorely missed by the sport and those who knew him.

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