“From the first Punch to the champion belt: the anatomy of a champion.”
A Short Bio of Floyd Mayweather
Numbers can be very controversial in determining the best of all time. We can talk about the number of knockouts. Number of punches delivered and received. One can speak of the number of fights as well, or even the number of belt defenses. However, when you talk about Floyd Mayweather Jr., there’s a number that no one argues about: the millions of dollars that this unique fighter has raised along his career.
At first, of course, these numbers were not there. Although he came from a family of fighters, who had his father and uncle as champions, the life of the young Floyd Mayweather Jr. did not start surrounded by sport cars and mansions with huge swimming pools. His father made some wrong choices and ended up in prison. It was up to his uncle, the famous Black Mamba, to continue the training of young Floyd in his early and complicated moment of life. That time was when he met his first best friend: the punching bag. And they spent hours together, year after year.
Already grown up, Floyd seemed to have well incorporated the defensive tactical stance known as Philly Shell, which makes use of the famous Shoulder Roll technique. This type of technique yields powerful counterattacks, leaving the opponent exposed by unsuccessfully attempting to strike the face of a fighter who is apparently vulnerable. But Floyd’s face, known early in his career as “Pretty Boy Mayweather”, was hardly hit that way. And he had this nickname just for coming out almost unscathed from bruises on his face by adopting this stance.
Floyd Mayweather 96’s Olympics
Floyd had a relative success in the 96’s Olympics, winning a bronze medal, but lost to Bulgarian Serafim Todorov in the semifinals. This would be the last time we would see him leaving a ring without the victory. Floyd began to tread the path that would make him known to this day: the path of money, when he became a professional fighter. That means even more time training and learning with his closest friend, the punching bag. In his personal race for the post of great fighter, Floyd was already more than advanced. However, came a time when he started to aim for another title: the celebrity.
Floyd Mayweather Pretty Boy
That was when Pretty Boy officially changed his nickname, being called Floyd “Money” Mayweather. From there, our fighter paraded in expensive sports cars, taking photos in their mansions, and, mostly, showing a lot, but lots of live money around him every time he appeared in the media. This brought fame, but not necessarily fans. Many people say that Floyd’s arrogant posture made the spectators watch his fights simply because they were anxious to see him lose.
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao.
Therefore, to become The Best Ever, he just had to beat the best there was: Manny Pacquiao. It was called the fight of the century. Despite of the detractors, Floyd keeped training more hours with the one that was always by his side. After months with the punching bag – his companion, he finally defeated Pacquiao. Just after that, defeated biggest names like Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley e Canelo Alvarez. UFC star Connor Mcgregor was just a bonus, in a fight where Floyd secured millions not only for him, but also for the next generations of his family. After all, it seems like the time spent with the punching bag payed off. A lot.
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