Why Floyd Mayweather Is Still the Greatest

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. is a household name in the boxing world. He remains one of the greatest of all time in the combat sport. The boxing world is not complete without mentioning the brand “Mayweather.”He has won several world heavyweight titles across different divisions. Besides his versatility, Mayweather is also known to be the best defensive boxer of his time.

Most of all, Mayweather combines his smarts inside the ring, with a charm and savviness outside the ring.    

There are a lot of new faces entering the boxing world, but Mayweather’s successes both inside and outside the ring prove that he is still the GOAT. Like Tom Brady, you can’t sleep on Mayweather. Here’s a reminder of why Mayweather is still the greatest.

10 Reasons Mayweather Is Still the Greatest

•    Dedication & Strong Work Ethic:

Mayweather went pro in 1996, but he has been working on his craft since he was 7 years old. According to Liberty Voice, Mayweather was introduced to the sport by his father Floyd Mayweather Sr. His father, a former boxer, became his earliest trainer and manager. The young Mayweather was a familiar face in his neighborhood gym. This work ethic carried on to his adult life. Boxing News analyzed Mayweather’s infamous training routine. It includes 40 rounds of training, complete with weighted shadow boxing drills, a horrendous amount of ab work and weighted jump roping. I break a sweat just reading through Mayweather’s workout routine. Think what you want about Mayweather’s arrogant style and outside the ring antics, but don’t hate on Mayweather’s work ethic.  

  •   Smart Career Choices

Mayweather has been repeatedly called a lackluster boxer because of his hesitancy to accept open fight invitations. Unlike other boxers, Mayweather is a discrete fighter who sticks to his principles. He doesn’t follow the bandwagon approach to boxing, nor does he follow every wish of his fans. In some circles, Mayweather is infamously known as the fighter who “cherry picks” his opponents. He only gets in the ring with opponents he knows he can beat or those that’ll offer a big payout. Whether money or victory is the priority, so far, this attitude has served  Mayweather well. Mayweather has an undefeated record of 50-0. This beats the legendary Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record. However, what some might describe as being smart about ones career and money, others criticize as being boring.

  •    Swift Positioning:

Mayweather has equipped himself with a sound positioning skill in the ring; whether he has his back lying on the ring ropes or is throwing jabs at his opponent, he always has his game under  control. He has expertly mastered the art of “hit and not getting hit” over time. He accomplishes this through his trademark pattern of weaving and ducking. This skill allows Mayweather to overcome his opponent in any bout. We saw Mayweather’s infamous duck and weave approach during his blockbuster fight with Manny Pacquiao.  

  •    Tactical Shoulder Defense:

All boxing enthusiasts truly know this fact – Mayweather’s major upper hand above others lies in his tactical shoulder defense. His tactical shoulder-roll is among the primary reasons why he has been so successful. Mayweather’s footwork, experience and speed, have also been very helpful in counteracting the power of conventional boxers.

•    Fast hands:

Mayweather applies head movement and shoulder defense to avoid his opponent’s hard punches. He possesses a distinctive cross-arm style of defense that differs from the conventional hands-up technique. However, opponents can’t sleep on Mayweather fast hands. Bleacher Report awarded Mayweather among the 15 fastest boxers of all time.

•    Foot speed:

The undefeated boxer is blessed with both fast hands and elusive foot speed. At some point in Mayweather’s fights, he always deliberately finds a way to frustrates his opponents. He often tricks his opponent into rushing him and being the aggressor. When his opponents do go for the kill, Mayweather swiftly moves away from his initial point to knock the opponent down.

•    Calculative Punching:

Simply put, it does not count if it doesn’t land. Floyd Mayweather, unlike the majority of traditional pressure boxers, seldom throws lots of punches; instead he ensures he records more punches accurately than his opponents in all fights.

During a fight with Marcos Maidana, the straight right jab from Mayweather was a direct contrast to Maidana’s wild power punches. Want a primer on Mayweather’s trademark tactical style? Watch this match in its entirety. You’ll notice Mayweather patiently studying Maidana’s style through several of the opening rounds. Only in the end, does Mayweather come alive with calculated counter-attacks and punches. Ultimately, the judges awarded Mayweather’s calculated style with a win.

•    Smart strategy:

Mayweather’s brilliance isn’t contained to one weight division. He has climbed 5 weight divisions as a world boxing champion. Having battled with different types of opponents, he has earned the enviable title of slayer to many Hall of Famers like Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao, De La Hoya, Mosley and Marquez.

•    Great Self-esteem

Mayweather reeks of confidence. Nowhere is this more evident than when you witness him carrying out his usual onslaught against hapless opponents in the boxing ring. However, his confidence is just as present outside the ring. According to ESPN, Mayweather attempted to bet $400,000 on his own 2017 fight vs. crossover UFC star Conor McGregor. Mayweather was so confident the fight would end under 9.5 rounds, that he was willing to put his own money on it. Ultimately, the casino wouldn’t allow the fighter to bet on himself. However, the attempt illustrates just how confident Mayweather is.

Bottom Line

Mayweather is an excellent fighter who has recorded great feats worth studying and emulating in professional boxing. Unlike hall of famer boxers before him, Mayweather has made a name for himself as a smart, tactical and defensive minded fighter. While he’s not the aggressor in the ring, outside the ring, Mayweather is always on the offense. He established Mayweather Promotions in 2007. By choosing to promote himself and a lineup of other fighters, Mayweather has increased his earnings from the ring. But unlike boxing, where the body will wear out and age will limit ones earnings, Mayweather Promotions can earn Mayweather wealth and prestige for decades to come. Future proofing his career, is yet another reason why Mayweather is still the greatest.

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