Floyd thrives off criticism
By Robert Elmore: Floyd Mayweather Jr. thrives off people hating him. He knows people want to see him lose badly. And at this point in his career, he knows people don’t care who he loses to. The point is; just as long as he loses. He knows people want to see him fight the likes of middleweight champion Sergio Martinez or junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez.
Floyd knows that whom he selects to fight, the haters will do their best to down grade the fight. Even if he fights within his own weight class, something will be wrong with the opposition. Before the fights starts it will be “This opponent will give Floyd problems,” His bullying style will push Floyd to the ropes where his shoulder roll is ineffective”. Blah, blah, blah. When Mayweather boxes circles around his opponent, it will be “Ahh, he was a bum, he was blown up this or a left over”. Most of all, the haters don’t like the money he makes. He’s making over 40 million per fight.
Most are mad that Floyd has not taken any punishment. They hate that he has all his vitals, and is not slurring his words, or have brain damage. If Floyd fights somebody young, they are inexperienced. If he fights somebody a little older, it’s another excuse. And since he has yet to lose, the haters have resulted in attacking his personal life.
When Floyd was moving up through the different weight classes, they called his style running even though Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray were also light on their feet. But when he ascended to welterweight, understanding that he must now sit down on his punches a little more, and with him aging a little bit, he doesn’t move as much.
The haters said “he’s losing his legs”. Maybe so, but his defense is still stellar.
But that being said, this is what makes Floyd work even harder in the gym. This is what makes his skills sharp as knives even after being out the ring for a good time. Floyd thrives under pressure. And I don’t his outing against Robert Guerrero will be any different.
Mayweather doesn’t look past any opponent, nor does he let things in his camp get out of order. The people in his camp have been there as most people change trainers like diapers. The only thing that changed was trainers (Floyd SR. for Roger), but now his dad is back in his corner. There have many fighters that have “taken a break” from boxing and come back, but were not successful. For example, Sugar Ray Leonard took on Terry Norris in 1991 and was soundly beaten and then TKO’D against Camacho.
Floyd took a break in 2007, came back and dominated Juan Manuel Marquez. The haters are very quick to shun this match because Marquez was a lightweight making a climb to the welterweight division. A year later, Marquez returned to the welterweight division from his lightweight status for rematch with Manny Pacquiao. He gave Pac all he could handle and eventually knocked him out in their 4th meeting. Marquez has not called out Floyd for a rematch because he knows the results will be the same. The haters criticize Floyd for his performance against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Shane Mosley. It was only when Shane was dominated that age became a factor Shane was 39 when he fought Pac and Oscar was in a weight he had no business fighting in when they took on Pac.
If Floyd chooses to fight welterweights for the rest of his career, then there is nothing wrong with that. He started at super feather weight and came five divisions. That’s enough. He knows how much is body can take. When he does fight at 154, he’s never come in at the full weight. 150 was the heaviest. I believe Floyd will retire undefeated and take his place in the boxing hall of fame. And as long as there are haters, you will continuously see Floyd finding a way to win.
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