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Floyd Mayweather should be a national hero

There is something about the coverage of Floyd Mayweather that has bothered me for a long time. It’s easy to get caught up in the flashy things, the antics, the showmanship from Floyd, and that is well before he gets in the ring.

However, there is something else we should all know about Floyd; well, it’s something we all know about Floyd and, when it’s all said and done, it’s really the most important thing when the conversation is about sports.

41 wins…zero losses. On top of that, it’s extremely rare that you seem him in trouble in the ring, let alone about to take an L.

When Floyd Mayweather goes in the ring, his opponent doesn’t know what to do. Sure, they have a plan, but it’s one thing to have a plan, and it’s another thing to execute said plan. Boxing fans will always have their opinions when it comes to who wins a fight in their eyes in contrast to who wins a fight in the eyes of the judges who sit at ringside for the man’s fights.

All that said, the man gets in the ring, handles business, and always comes out on top. The only man who can say they went into a championship environment and never lost is Michael Jordan, and fans hail him as the greatest basketball player of all-time.

Now I won’t go as far as to say Floyd is the greatest boxer of all-time, but I will say that his dominance of the sport over the past 10+ years makes him the greatest fighter not only of the decade, but he can make a case as the greatest fighter of his generation. For that, Floyd Mayweather is legend, Don, and national hero.

For years, the talk has been that Floyd ducks people, but when one does their research, they can see that either (a) Floyd called folks out for years, well before he was Pretty Boy Floyd and well before he was Money Mayweather, and (b) those same people’s representatives admitted their fighter wasn’t ready to take on Floyd at that moment in time, as Hatton’s dad said to Floyd before the Mayweather-Judah fight in 2006 (check at the 5:16 mark.)

As Ed mentioned in his piece about his five greatest fighters of all-time, Floyd fought 17 fights between January of 1997 and December of 1998. Not only did he take on those fights, he won every single one.

One can go back to as early as 2001, when Floyd was in his mid-20’s, and all he kept saying was how he wanted to fight the big fights, for big money, and bring the fans what they want. Well, he’s been doing that for the longest and, as I said previously, when you’re the best, you’ve earned the right to move on your damn time. To take it a step further, when you’re hated as much as Floyd, make people wait, because they are gonna pay to see you anyway.

The man doesn’t watch tape of his opponents. THINK ABOUT THAT…the man doesn’t watch tape of who he fights.

He is so confident in his skills, his preparation, work ethic, and the methods of his team, and his trainer, Roger Mayweather, that he simply adjusts to what opponents do once he gets inside the ring. That’s remarkable.

This man, a man who should be considered an athletic god, should not be getting charged up like he does by sportscasters, radio DJs , and pretty much anyone else with a mic and an opinion.

It’s one thing to demand excellence from the best in the game, but do you think folks would have talked to any other top-flight athlete in another sport like that? To make things worse, the people who say Floyd ducked all got in the ring with him and they all ended up getting tossed up. Floyd doesn’t duck people; he takes his time, which he has earned the right to do, and when folks get in the ring with him, it’s another skin on the wall, another eight-figure payday, and another W.

People who refuse to recognize this man as a sports legend, a student of the game, and a master of his craft should ask themselves one question: why? When one looks in the proverbial mirror, as a fan, and asks that question, be honest with yourself. As I said earlier, everyone people accused him of ducking ended up getting whooped by him, so that talk is null and void. He’s beaten everyone who’s been put in front of him, and he’s done it in a way that’s all his own.

On top of that, there’s the work outside of the ring. He was one of the first athletes we highlighted in the side of athletes you don’t see. The man holds free boxing clinics, free training for kids who want to get in the sport of boxing, gets his Nino Brown on by giving away food during the holidays, but this stuff is rarely talked about with him.

When you see the word “legend,” one of the criteria can be how a player puts his stamp on every outing he embarks on. With Floyd, it’s the skills, the speed, the work ethic, and the sheer technical ability and mastery one must have to be considered a legend in the game and a dominator of their sport.

-K. Masenda


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