Weapon of choice: Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing gloves are the only implements that separate a fighter’s fists from smashing directly into his opponent’s face. Not all are created equally, however.

Brand loyalty is important for many fighters, and with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr wearing their own preference of gloves on May 2, neither should be uncomfortable with their choices.

Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 knockouts) of General Santos City, Philippines will wear the Mexico produced Cleto Reyes, while Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) of Grand Rapids, Mich. will wear Grant gloves, which are based out of New York City.

Each glove is designed with a different purpose, explains former lightweight world champion Nate Campbell.

“The Grant is more protective to the puncher. The Reyes is is purely for the man that wants destruction at all cost,” Campbell, now a rising trainer based in Florida, tells Rappler.