In my lifetime I have been super excited about 3 welterweight boxers. Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. My love for boxing started in 1976 when I saw Sugar Ray stand on the podium and accept his Gold Medal for the U.S. Olympic Boxing team. After the 1984 Olympic Games I started to follow the career of Sweet Pea Pernell Whitaker. Now unless you have been hidden under a rock for the last 15 years the one thing that the boxing industry knows is that “All roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.”
Whether you love or hate him through his name MAYWEATHER I’m here to cement his legacy of greatness with 10 reasons why Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a Mega Star.
M is for Mouth. Not since Muhammad Ali has the world seen a boxer with as much mouth as Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Ali went toe to toe with Howard Cosell and Floyd generates buzz by giving it right to the ears of Brian Kenny. Life and death of your success are in the power of your tongue.
A is for Action. With free speech you can say anything but can you back it up? Floyd walks what he talks each and every time he enters and exits the ring. He has been the best pound for pound champion for over 15 years.
Y is for Yearn. In recent months Floyd has renewed his passion for the boxing game. With a great performance against Victor Ortiz the world took notice on the great things that are in store. Even on bad days you have to want it more than the next guy.
W is for Work. The work outs that Floyd does are second to none. He walks around close to his fighting weight and only has to lose 3 pounds to be ready for his fights. On fight night he only gains a few pounds while other fighters gain 10 to 20 pounds that tends to wear them down in later rounds.
E is for Extracurricular. No other fighter since Sugar Ray Leonard has captured the imagination of the public. Floyd is versatile and is marketed well to the mainstream. In between fights you have seen him on WrestleMania, Dancing With The Stars, and on various commercials. Floyd even connects well with Dog lovers as he has a video with man’s best friend Izzy Balling.
A is for Attitude. When you hear Floyd speak he does not lack for confidence. He loves to say “If I don’t believe in myself who will, and God doesn’t make mistakes” In the hurt business you have to have the attitude that you can win no matter what comes your way.
T is for Teamwork. Floyd Mayweather always humbly thanks his team. On HBO’s 24/7 when he hits the speed bag he says “Hard work” and the team immediately responds by saying “Dedication”. After the Victor Ortiz fight Floyd took time out during the post fight press conference to bring his team on stage to thank each and everyone of them.
H is for Haters. When you’re undefeated you will have people that love you and others that hate you. Floyd’s popularity rose even more when Larry Merchant challenged him by saying “if I was 50 years younger I would kick your ass”. Fans get caught up in the emotions of boxing. First it was DeLaHoya, Hatton and now it is Manny Pacquiao that is supposed to be better than Floyd. One of Floyd’s secret fans that hates on him the most is Skip Bayless.
E is for Empowerment. One thing Floyd makes sure of is that he gives back to the Las Vegas community through his FMJ Foundation. The FMJ Foundation was founded by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007 to empower and encourage community alliances, impact youth leadership and strengthens family foundations through community development, entrepreneurialism and education resulting in a healthier community.
R is for Relevant. The Klitschko’s are dominating the Heavyweight Division but they are still not pay per view fighters. Floyd fan base is so great that they have changed it from Pay Per View to May Per View. According to ESPN Mayweather’s blockbuster pay-per-view 2007 fight with De La Hoya produced an all-time pay-per-view record 2.45 million buys with revenue of $136,853,700.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has a big Mouth but backs it up with great Action. He Yearns to out Work every opponent. The Extracurricular activities never change his Attitude of believing in himself and his Team. Haters will always be in the picture even when he Empowers the community and keeps the sport of Boxing Relevant.
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