Learning from Floyd

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Peter Cariño

Conrad M. Cariño

As Floyd Mayweather Jr. prepares for his match-up against Marcos Maidana this coming May 3, the old question as to who can beat “Money” still remains unanswered.

The ending of the Mayweather-Maidana fight is a no-brainer: The American will dominate the Argentinean over 12 rounds or send him to dreamland. The relentlessness of Maidana, which he showed in his fight against Adrien Broner on December 14, 2013, will not be enough to even give Mayweather some trouble.

Even if Amir Khan would be the one who will face Mayweather on May 3, the result would not be different: The American will win by a resounding decision or stoppage.

Truth is Mayweather already beat one of the best up-and-coming boxers on September 14, 2013 in Saul Alvarez. And given that Mayweather handily beat Alvarez, what else can we expect from Maidana or even Amir Khan, who both are not in the caliber of Alvarez.


Erislandy Lara, a tall and rangy Cuban, can perhaps “test” May–weather. But the Cuban is not an invincible fighter, because he was knocked down twice by Alfredo Angulo in March 8, 2014. Lara won that fight but it was because Angulo turned his back in the 10th round because of lumps over his eyes.

Keith Thurman, a knockout artist who is undefeated in 22 fights with 20 stoppages, is too raw to challenge Mayweather.

How about Manny Pacquiao? If Pacquiao beats Timothy Brad–ley via a shutout on April 12 or stops the American, that would make some skeptics believe that the Filipino still has a chance of upsetting Mayweather.

But at this point, Mayweather looks unbeatable in the welterweight and junior middleweight (super welterweight) divisions.

So what makes Mayweather unbeatable? From what I have observed, he is 100-percent focused on his boxing. We have never seen his face in ads, movies, or election posters.

His conspicuous spending ways have been posted in the Internet, and we can chastise him for that to no end. But we have never heard of him going bankrupt.

And look how Mayweather is very much in control of his career—he severed ties with Bob Arum many years back yet his career soared. Mayweather has badmouthed Oscar Dela Hoya many times and yet his bitter rival’s boxing outfit, Golden Boy Promotions, is doing business with him.

He has had differences in the past with uncle Roger Mayweather and even his dad Floyd Sr. yet this never got in the way of his winning streak.

Floyd may not be the most liked American boxer in the United States, yet his fights are record-breakers when it comes to pay-per-views numbers and purses.

I hate to say this—a lot of boxers and the people behind pugilists can learn a lot from Floyd, particularly on how devoted he is to training and making sure he is the one in control of his career.

In the end, boxing is a business but the reality is that boxers have a very limited shelf life, and one misstep in a boxer’s career can be very costly. We have seen that many times from the lives of the sport’s greats. And how many of the greats in boxing ever get to retire rich and with their good health intact? Very few indeed. And Mayweather will surely be one of them.

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  1. A very well written factual article. Im a mayweather fan for one reason only, his boxing skills. As a person he leaves a lot to be desired, but as long as he doesnt cheat in boxing in anyway i will accept the rest. To any guy just startuing out in pro boxing i would say try to see what he does & emulate it. I know most will never be able to do that skillwise as truly he is an exception there but the rest can be copied. Its also a good idea to get some to hate you as they will mostly pay to wath you get beaten so making you more money, its a clever ploy. But i think a big thing is to change when you get in that ring. Nice isnt good in the ring, thats where purely business takes control & a little roughness is ok. Pro boxing isnt for the faint hearted or the dreamer, its for realists who sees things for what they are.
    Now to manny if he beats tb on the 12th & then one other top 10 rated welterweight im sure floyd would be interested in fighting him but manny has to be prepared to take what floyd offers, if he doesnt then basically the fight wont happen. He blew his chance of a 50/50 split & that will never be offered again im sure of that, but i hope they do fight but i wont hold my breath waiting.