The blueprint of Mayweather is not for everyone
By Yannis Mihanos: For many what Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) has achieved in his career is the ideal formula, the perfect blueprint to follow.
Well, I have some good news and bad news about that.
Starting from the good news, theoretically speaking it can be done but it is like I just said: A theory.
The bad news are that unfortunately this blueprint is not available for everyone.
Mayweather under the surveillance and close mentor-ship of his dear uncle Jeff Mayweather developed a second personality. His father appeared much later into his career. It was always his uncle Jeff where he would look up to.
So he kept one personality for his fights in the ring; the one of the master strategist and one for his out of the ring obligations; the one of the rich businessman.
He called that second character “Money” so he could promote himself more and better. He achieved that to the last detail. It didn’t matter that many perceived this character negatively, actually I think this was the main point: to provoke and stir public’s attention.
And while for Mayweather that formula worked perfectly for many others hasn’t gone so well. His loyal follower Adrien Broner imitated his style and brought to himself a lot of attention but in the ring he failed to meet the expectations. He lost badly 2 times from Maidana and Porter.
Creating a public persona to spike the sales is a skill that many have done up to a level but to combine it so well with the real action is another story.
Now that Mayweather is seemingly gone, top fighters like Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin look ready to take over his number 1 position.
But they have nothing to do with his marketing strategies.
In fact they are completely different, their image is one that resonates more with their real identity.
Both Ward and Golovkin are fighters of high integrity .They are both in the sport of boxing for greatness and not just for making huge amounts of money.
If Jeff Mayweather believes that some fighters are too quiet to make a career then he should reconsider this position. Of course being too quiet or too noisy can hinder someone’s career and for that I can agree.
But being quiet is a choice just like for some is being noisy. It’s a choice that fighters make, it’s a choice that people make.
Mayweather’s influence in boxing has been a devastating one but he is not the only one out there. There are others too who have made their mark in the past, in the present and will definitely be more in the future.
Definitely money play an important role in people’s lives, to see someone like Mayweather rising from so poor to so rich is something that cannot go unnoticed or undetected.
But let’s not forget for one moment that money come second to health, second to true character. Money is what I call the icing on the cake, the means to an end.
Quiet fighters might earn less than some big talkers out there, but they still have a place in boxing.
Everybody has a place. Again I speak for myself of course, but then again everybody has his own unique opinion.
Some have more noble goals such as being decent and respectful in and out of the ring and of course do the talking where it really counts: In the ring.
Everyone comes in boxing with a different goal and they all create a blueprint along the way .
Every choice that we make in life has a price especially when it comes to boxing, a sport so popular around the world.
The decision to become more or less popular is a choice that we need not to agree but respect.
Mayweather’s blueprint can teach us a few valuable lessons but that’s as far as it can go.
At the end of the day everyone must follow his own original path and create his own original blueprint.
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