On Saturday night (May 4th) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr., (44-0, 26 KOs) won a 12-round unanimous decision over Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (34-2-1, 18 KOs) in their welterweight title fight. The judges at ringside all had the same scores of 117-111 for Mayweather. He pocketed at least $32 million for that nights work. It was that kind of night for the pound-for-pound king.
After being away from the ring for a whole year, Floyd Jr., made what was supposed to be a tough and rugged fight look unproblematic and elementary. He made an elite challenger look like a class-C fighter. The crowd witnessed two totally different levels of fighters in the ring that night. Once again, it was the boxing intelligence and mastery of his father that made the difference.
Floyd Jr., made a decision to rehire his father Floyd Mayweather Sr., as the head trainer in his corner to work along with his Uncle Roger who had been his head trainer for many years. Last year he stepped up to 154-pounds and went to war with WBA Light Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto. It was that fight that showed signs that he could be hit. And hit clean — by hard uppercuts.
Miguel Cotto punches connected on Floyd Jr., more than any fighter he had ever fought. His nose started to bleed ferociously from those heavy blows in the later rounds by Cotto. Mayweather won Cotto’s title belt by decision, but in the exchange Cotto won his respect by the tough battle he brought to the ring. It was that experience of brutal combat in the ring that night that gave Floyd Jr., the idea of a much needed change. His defense had started to grow suspect.
The boxing world began to question his conditioning and age. Boxing experts and fans alike began to raise questions in regards to the movement of his legs. There were rumors floating all around the sport that Floyd Jr., of late was not the same fighter he was in his prime. Even though he had to dig down deep within himself to keep his unblemished record intact with his 12-round decision win over Miguel Cotto, there were still pundits who felt that he had been exposed and was not the invincible fighter he had shown to be in the past.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., just recently signed a 6-fight 30-month deal with Showtime and CBS. It’s the largest deal ever put together for any athlete in the history of all sports. There’s hearsay the deal is worth a minimum of $300 million, not including incentives. Not too shabby for 6-fights and a little over 2-years of work. Most pundits feel that his decision to bring his father (Floyd Sr.) into his corner as the leader was a brilliant move, especially if he’s going to honor the new contract and stay undefeated.
Over the next 30-months, Floyd Jr., will become a much busier fighter than usual. During Showtime’s All Access, a promotional series divided into 4-episodes to market and build-up his recent fight May Day: Mayweather vs. Guerrero, Floyd Sr., made it very clear that his son will not be taking anymore unnecessary punishment in the ring.
It’s no secret that Floyd Sr., was the wizard behind the defensive skills he taught his son earlier in his career. Boxing experts believe that the key to his success and longevity have been his defensive skills. It’s been his superior defensive skills along with his superb boxing that has confused most of his competition in the ring for many years. It’s called the ‘sweet science’ of hit and don’t get hit technique.
Even at 36-years old, Floyd Jr., looked liked the younger fighter in the ring against the 30-year old Robert Guerrero. A genius at work, rocket-scientist or neither; if he keeps training the way he’s been training and stay clear of the unnecessary legal battles, he should blow by his next 5-fighters with ease. Is it the new mega 6-fight contract he just signed? Or having his father back in his corner? Or is it both? Either way, there seems to be a new look of hunger and focus in his eyes that he hasn’t shown lately.
Like him or hate him, Floyd Mayweather Jr., is a special gifted fighter. He usually performs at levels above his competition. Is it a myth or is it true — “that all roads in those divisions leads to him?” It’s starting to really seem that way. When he’s trained by his father and Uncle Roger and the chemistry is good between them three, there’s a sharpness he brings to the ring that separates him from other fighters. When it comes to confidence and popularity — there’s no other fighter like him on the planet. He’s truly a bona fide rock star who has mastered his craft.
A few years ago I wrote a piece regarding the same subject of my article today. If you’re interested in checking it out, it can be found on the web: Father Knows Best by Joe Wilson
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