How Floyd Mayweather Dominated In The Ring
Floyd Mayweather's Dominance
5 Reasons Why Floyd Mayweather Jr Dominated Inside The Ring
Whatever is your stance on Floyd Mayweather Jr., you can’t deny that the man is a successful athlete. With a record of 50 - 0 and almost two decades of dominance, it's hard to argue against that. Let's take a look at 5 of the things that made him successful inside the ring.
When asked about his loss to Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor responded : "Mayweather is not that fast or not that powerful but he's composed." Composure seems to be one of the key factors behind high performances. Floyd's ability to stay composed and patient in any situation gives him opportunities to capitalize on his opponents mistakes. When the media asked about the key to his success, The Undefeated fighter responded : “It's all about keeping my composure. Every time I went out there and I competed against the best guys in boxing, I kept my composure and I went out there and I executed the game plan.”.
"When these fighters get upset with me, they come out like they're going to try and kill me. My job is to do what I do, just keep my composure." - Floyd Mayweather
Hardwork & Dedication
Everyone knows about Mayweather's legendary work ethic and his famous 3am joggings. It is not a secret that he works hard, close friends and members of his team would agree that his work ethic is unmatched. Floyd often portrays a flashy & flamboyant lifestyle, but behind the scenes he is a true machine and spends hours and hours perfecting his craft.This is what former opponent and sparring partner Zab Judah had to say about Floyd before his fight against Manny Pacquiao.
“Like I said, no disrespect or no hate on Manny, I love Manny, Manny’s a good guy too but at the same time, I’ve seen both guys work and nobody and no fighter have I even seen with a work ethic like Floyd Mayweather Jr.”.
“If you work good, you’re gonna get paid very well for it. Simple as that, that’s how life goes. If you work hard, you’re gonna get good results. If you bullshit, you’re gonna be at the bottom with a bunch of people that’s at the bottom” - Floyd Mayweather
Confidence & Self-Talk
Floyd Mayweather's exceptional self-confidence could be, and is often, described as arrogance. It is rumoured that he bets on himself before alot of his fights, in fact, he reportedly attempted to put a huge bet on himself to win against Conor McGregor, but was denied. He also told Conor : "If you believe in yourself like you say you believe in yourself, bet your whole fight check...".
Experience and Hardwork gives confidence and Mayweather has both.
Positive Self-Talk is Empowering and Floyd uses that method while training,
there's footages of him talking to himself using positive affirmations like "I'm the best." "Can't nobody beat me." and more, yes it sounds cocky, but it works. Our beliefs will shape our reality.
"We've faced all the top guys. I believe in my skills, I believe in myself and I believe I'm always going to be victorious." - Floyd Mayweather Jr
Like it or not, Floyd Mayweather is one of the most well-rounded boxers ever.
Floyd adjusts his style depending on who he's fighting. He started his career as a very exciting fighter and Later on as he moved up in weights he was known for controlling distance and counter-punching but throughout his career he always did a bit of everything in his fights. Before his rematch against Marcos Maidana, Floyd explained what advantage he had over other fighters by stating : “What makes me a little different than any other fighter, is I’m well-rounded and very versatile, as far as I can box, I can counter-punch, I can bang, I can do a little bit of everything. That’s why I’m at the pinnacle of the sport right now. Can he switch up anything? I don’t really think so. I mean, that’s just my gut feeling,” You cannot be one-dimensional to get on this level & Floyd proved it.
"I was always able to do different things. I can box. I can counterpunch. I can box on the move. I can counterpunch on the move." - Floyd Mayweather Jr
Part of boxing is you have to adapt to certain styles and Floyd is an expert in that.
Wether you like his style or not, Mayweather is known for being a smart fighter, he rarely makes the same mistakes twice and takes advantage of his opponents weaknesses. If you watch him fight, in most of the early rounds, you can clearly see him reading his opponents, then capitalizing on their mistakes later on.
For any opponent he can't outclass immediately, Mayweather adapts, outwits and overcomes. Most of his opponents get discouraged once they realize that he adjusted to their style and their gameplan is not working anymore. Here's what boxer Austin Trout had to say about the undefeated fighter : “It's not that you can't figure out Mayweather, it's that when you do he gives you something else to figure out, Mosley caught him, but he didn't catch him again with that right hand. Never again. (Mayweather) changed his game plan. He's smart. He adapts.”.
"A true champion can adapt to anything." - Floyd Mayweather, Jr
Those were 5 of the elements that i've learned from one of the greatest athlete of this generation.