Floyd Mayweather Jr: The Journey
By Ken Wills: In my generation there has never been a Boxer that has taken us all on a journey quite like first “Pretty Boy” and now “Money” Mayweather. Whether your a fan or a critic we have all gone along on this journey. For the fans the journey has been to prove to the world that there is no one better and that his skills are unmatched in the sport of boxing.
For the critics this journey has been to prove that he is nothing but a hype job, a runner, a loud mouth and that every accomplishment is tarnished in some way shape or form.
So what’s left when this journey is over? GGG, Canelo, Wilder? These to me are the guys that have the chance to be #1 pound for pound in the near future, but there’s something missing. That excitement, that us against them, the need to prove over and over that we’re right and they’re wrong. Boxing has always been a sport that countries support there own against country and nationality and race. Here even that doesn’t matter Americans stood with Mexicans and Puerto Ricans and Englishmen, Argentinians now Filipino all to prove this American Olympian that represented his Country was a coward and a farce and a chicken.
Now that the dust has cleared and Pac Man had his surgery and all the excuses have been exhausted is it finally time to say hey we were wrong. Whatever it is that gets Floyd Mayweather up in the morning to run to train to be the very best, even after all the Money he has made even knowing no matter what happens in the fight it will never be good enough, he has given his all to be the best. I like Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, Marquez, De La Hoya, Hatton, Mosley even Maidana why not. These are great boxers and I’m a boxing fan. They are the best, I know when I see any of these guys fight they trained hard and I wish I could do what they do. It’s no different with any other sport I appreciate greatness because after all that’s why we watch right?
In September this journey might just come to an end. Maybe it won’t, maybe the money will tempt Mayweather to fight too long and suffer that first defeat. Then just maybe the critics can say after all the events, after all the fight party’s in May and September that we have watched together rooting for and against Floyd, finally we were on the winning team. But, maybe when we are left with fighters that don’t stay in shape 12 months a year and don’t take the sport seriously besides the glory that comes with it, even for a second you might say damn OUR sport the sport of boxing had the best athlete in the world and even if we didn’t always root for him we should have appreciated the greatness and the work ethic it took to become TBE or at least by way of beating Pacquiao fighter of the decade.
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