Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has ticked us off and we’ve bashed him for it countless of times. You really can’t blame us. Floyd loved acting like a douche: he's literally burned hundred dollar bills, shared his ignorant beliefs, and flaunted his lit bank account. He really has given the public a million reasons to hate his guts.
But, hey, word is out that he’s paying the Philippines a visit, and because we’re such hospitable people, we thought that this qwould be the perfect opportunity to make peace. As a welcome gift, and to let bygones be bygones, here’s a list of things that’ll make you put the right amount of respect on Money-May’s name.
Man, staying undefeated after 50 fights is a legendary feat. Floyd surpassed Rocky Marciano’s iconic 49-0 record and he did something not even the great Muhammad Ali was able to do. You can accuse Floyd of being a cherry-picker but you can’t deny that beating all comers in a 21-year career is an amazing accomplishment.
His ring resume is untouchable
After his 17th professional bout, Floyd fought and defeated the great Genaro Hernandez to win the super featherweight crown. Since then, majority of the fighters he took on were either titleholders or former champions, and if not, future Hall of Famers. Here are some names Floyd had been able to cross out: Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya, Arturo Gatti, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Zab Judah, and Shane Mosely, among others. That bunch is like the boxing equivalent of the Avengers. Although, he was knocked for not facing Antonio Margarito and a prime Pacquiao, Floyd’s list of victims still makes him one of the sport’s all-time titans. The man is the Thanos of boxing.
Floyd is a great underdog story. He grew up in a poverty and drug-stricken environment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his dad once used him as a human shield against his gun-waving uncle. He had to deal with harsh family issues growing up, but that didn’t stop him from becoming an outstanding professional boxer, even after he was robbed of the gold medal match in the 1996 Olympics. In the pros, he asked to be released from Top Rank to put up his own brand and give birth to the Money-May persona. The end result? A fleet of luxury cars, multiple mansions, and an endless cash flow. Floyd is a model boxer, maybe even more so as a businessman.
His work ethic is second to none
No one outworks Floyd in the gym. It doesn’t matter what time it is—2 a.m., even later—if he feels like putting on gloves, Floyd will do it. Mayweather’s unparalleled perseverance and dedication has always been his ticket to his flawless in-ring performances. The only guy who might be Floyd’s equal when it comes to work ethic during training is our own Manny Pacquiao.
He champions the sweet science
Bloodthirsty fight fans hate on Floyd for not engaging in brawls and his lack of desire to go for the kill. But what the slick boxing master has done over the years is to exemplify what the sweet science is all about. Boxing’s credo has always been to hit and not get hit, and Mayweather Jr. has embodied it to near perfection. If we’ve been frustrated or lulled to sleep before as Floyd dominated his opponents with pure boxing skills, maybe it’s just a case of Money-May being too good for his own good.
His toughness is underrated
Floyd is known for having arguably the best defense in boxing history. But that’s not the only reason why no one has been able to score a legit knock-down against him. Floyd also has a granite chin. The former pound-for-pound king has been rocked with brutal haymakers several times in his career but he’s never ever kissed the canvas. Look up his fights against DeMarcus Corley, Mosley, Marcos Maidana, and even against Pacquiao. He has eaten some nasty punches in those bouts, but Mayweather was able to weather each one (tito pun intended). Attribute it to his tremendous conditioning, his unwavering will to win, and his innate toughness.
He’s the grandmaster of midfight adjustments
It’s a rarity in boxing to see fighters being able to shift tactics during the course of the bout. Almost every time you see boxers just whale away in frustration, hoping for a Hail Mary punch to land, when their initial game plan doesn’t work. You’ve got a handful who can make adjustments mid-fight. Off the head: Bernard Hopkins, Muhammad Ali, Marquez, Ricardo Lopez, and probably, the best of them all, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. If you get the better of Floyd in the first four rounds, best not rest. That was just him collecting data, so he can cleanly win the next eight.
His highlight reel is awesome
For a guy who’s supposedly not a knockout artist, Floyd has a sweet collection of epic wins. For starters, watch him stop Corrales, Ricky Hatton, Gatti, and Angel Manfredy. In those fights, you’ll witness the beauty of balletic brutality.
He’s not that selfish
Floyd likes to boast about his fame and fortune, but what he doesn’t brag about is his charity work. The five-division champion has remained consistent in helping his local community, feeding the homeless, doing turkey drives, and simply reaching out. He’s been consistent with philanthropy at the same time keeping it under wraps, proving he’s got no ulterior motives whatsoever. One time, he found out about a 10-month old baby with heart problems and took care of all the child’s medical expenses. Floyd can sometimes be perceived as an attention-seeker, but he’s definitely not that when it comes to helping people.
BONUS: Floyd toyed with this guy
If you’re a Filipino boxing fan and a Manny Pacquiao fan, we’re sure to a certain extent, you’ll find pleasure in watching Floyd as he takes this guy to the torture chamber.
Welcome to the Philippines, Floyd!