-Martial Arts Legend Series-
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Boxing is an ancient art, like Before Christ ancient. And it's still around. While violent and effective in a fight, it was developed as a combat sport for enjoyment purposes. And, today it remains a sport. Two fighters wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other until someone either gets KO'd (Knocked Out) or wins by a point total at the end of the allotted rounds. There have been many great Boxers come and go, but one stands above the rest as a legend. And, while I am not a fan of his by any stretch, I do acknowledge his greatness and legendary status in the realm of boxing. He stands alone as a man who has never known defeat...
The Legend is Born
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was born on February 24, 1977 in Michigan. He was born into a family of boxers. His father was a former welterweight contender and his uncles were professional boxers. So, boxing was the natural path for Floyd Jr.
Anyone who knows Boxing, knows Floyd Mayweather. They see his multimillion dollar homes, his shiny bling jewelry, and all of the women hanging off of him. What most people don't know is that he used to be dirt poor. He slept in a room with 7 others sometimes without utilities. He gave high school a shot, but as fate would have it he dropped out and focused on Boxing. It's all he ever thought about. His Grandmother was actually the one who convinced him to follow it as a career.
One would think that a man who has never been defeated inside the boxing ring must have some deep emotional drive to have that success. Perhaps it comes from his childhood when he would come home to a yard full of needles that his mother left after a dose of heroin. Maybe it was his family members who died of AIDS contracted through drug abuse. Perhaps it was the fact that he didn't have a normal father-son bond. After hours of training, his drug-selling father would beat him... and only him.
One could conclude that Floyd had more than enough drive to make his life great. And, he did.
Evolution of Boxing
While Greece may get the public credit for boxing, the earliest signs of boxing are said to have come from Iraq (Before Christ). Greece did develop it as a sport where there were no rounds, and the fighters wore leather around their fists fighting until hi opponent couldn't continue or was defeated. The Romans took it one step further by adding metal studs with intent to fight to the death - it was all about pleasing the crowd (remember the movie Gladiator?). Due to its brutality, boxing was abolished until the 16th Century.
Boxing reappears in London:
Prize fighting was big in London. Prize Fighting is a term used then for bare-knuckle boxing.
Like most ancient arts, there were no weight categories. So, naturally the bigger men dominated the sport. Combat sports do not allow that because people would lose quickly or even die. And, that's not good for business.
The 1st Boxing Rules:
The first set of boxing rules were introduced by Jack Broughton in the mid 1700s, and they were known as none other than, The Broughton Rules. They were implemented to protect fighters. These rules included round times, knockdown counts, no hitting a downed opponent, no grabbing, and bandages wrapped around the hands.
The 2nd set of Boxing Rules:
in the mid 1800s, Marquess of Queensberry Rules were a set of 12 rules created to establish a "fair boxing match." That saying, "a fair fight" always made me laugh. There is no such thing in the real world. But anyways, that's not the point of this article. The rules included everything from ring size and round times to glove design and knockdown counts. These are the general set of rules used in modern boxing.
The change in rules resulted in longer, more strategic boxing bouts. This resulted in fighters becoming more counter-strikers using maneuvers you may have heard of like slipping a punch, ducking, and angling. And this lead to an interesting change to the way the Boxers even held their fists up. Without rules, the fighters held their arms out with their forearms extended to use for blocking. As fighters became more defensive, their "put up your dukes" stance changed to holding the hands closer to the face (like to see in today's boxing).
Amateur and Professional Boxing:
During the 18th and 19th century, boxing was driven by money - prize money. Amateur boxing popularity led it to become an Olympic Sport. Other than the money payouts, the biggest difference between amateur and professional fights is the length of rounds due to the fighter's skills and conditioning levels. It's a business, so spectators need to feel as though they got their money's worth.
Mayweather Fighting Style vs. others
There are a lot of fighters who still fight with mean intentions and directness. Floyd Mayweather loves these fighters.
Mayweather is a classic counter-puncher. His timing is impeccable. The fight against Manny Pacquiao was disappointing on so many levels, because I thought Manny could really get in on him. It turned out differently because Floyd countered him with great timing.
Mayweather uses a lot of the maneuvers I mentioned earlier. These include the shoulder roll, slipping punches, blocking punches and deflecting punches while timing his opponents for the perfect counter-punch.
The Rise of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd went from an 84-4 amateur record and was nicknamed the "Pretty Boy" because of the limited damage done to his face throughout those 88 fights. This name can be attributed to his defensive techniques that he used.
He progressed to win an Olympic Bronze medal in 1996 in the featherweight division.
From there he went on to dominate the world of professional boxing with a standing 49-0 record. 26 of those are by KO. He has claimed 9 major world titles and 2 minor world titles along with all sorts of awards and accolades.
Floyd Vs. Connor. Who wins?
Well, let's first look at this for what it is. It is a BOXING MATCH. This is not a street fight. Boxing is a sport. It has rules. Therefore, the fighter who understands and applies his skills best around those rules will most likely be the victor.
Connor McGreggor will not win this Boxing Match. He is simply outclassed by a legendary Boxer.
Having said that, if this were a street fight for their lives, Connor McGreggor would be the victor in stunning and violent fashion. There would be no "fair fight." Mayweather's shoulder rolls and other evading maneuvers would be nullified as Connor picks him up by his legs and slams him to the pavement.
I will leave you with this: This is a Boxing Match with rules. Mayweather will win. But, just ask yourself for a minute... which is more impressive... boxing or the ability to win a real-world fight?
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