I spent a good part of my night last night arguing with Mayweather fans about why I can’t get excited about what he does but I have to admit this. You or I don’t have to like it but you have to respect it.
After taking in some of the comments made but more so after listening to him post fight and analyzing his comments I’ve come to a conclusion.
A young man from the ghetto who grew up in tough circumstances made a plan and has been executing it since he was a teenager. I am always in favor of a plan. I am always in favor of scheme, tactics and the use of one’s mind to win. This is exactly what Floyd does. While I would favor more physical domination in the sport of boxing, this is not my plan, it’s Floyd’s.
Floyd is a little man who found a brutal sport. He devised a plan to survive at his size in this viscous endeavor and rise to the top. His plan and his execution of it has earned him more money than anyone could imagine a person from his circumstance could make.
Further endearing to his achievement is that his plan extended beyond ring antics. Floyd knew a style like his alone would not garner worldwide attention. He knew enough to know his style in this brutal sport would not excite the masses. With that in mind, he created a persona.
This money hungry, flaunt my riches act performed by Mayweather has combined with his flawless record to make him the most talked about boxer of his time. It has also made him the richest. He has provided for his family and then some. What he has done is no different than anything done by the millionaires of the WWE or the actors on the Hollywood big screen.
A big part of Floyd’s plan and success is the undefeated record. As such, he did what he had to do to protect it. Carefully planning his opponents is unbecoming of the nature of the sport. However, it was the proper execution of his plan and he’s winning in a big way.
There’s much in Floyd’s personal life to make you want to discredit him. I will say this, many from his circumstances would have been buried by some of his mistakes. What kind of personal life did Mike Tyson have?
Floyd’s endearment to the young generation I can only hope is born out of the admiration of him overcoming the odds to live the American dream. I can hope it is not an infatuation with the antics. I now realize it’s an act executed with an end game in mind.
Historians won’t call Mayweather the best because of his style in the ring. He is not viscous like Tyson, not comical like Ali and not powerful like Roy. You know what? Floyd doesn’t care. He was in this for the money and he damned sure got it He will walk away in tact. Well played Floyd. Well played.
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Author: Chad Wilson
Chad Wilson is a college football recruiting expert and creator of the GridironStudsApp which allows high school football players to gain exposure to college football coaches and fans. Wilson is a former college football player for the University of Miami (92-94) and Long Beach St. (’90-’91) and played briefly for the Seattle Seahawks (’95). He is also a former youth and high school football coach for over 15 years. Wilson’s older son Quincy plays in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts and his younger son plays cornerback for the University of Florida. Email: email@example.com.