Ever since Floyd Mayweather stepped foot inside of the boxing ring during his early years it was obvious that he was destined for greatness, he had some of the fastest hands and feet in the sport, he was a master tactician and strategist who possessed excellent ring generalship skills, he could adjust to any style and situation on the fly, and as if that wasn’t enough he had the type of charisma and confidence that could leave an entire audience full of even people that were hostile towards him hanging on his every word. But life for the now multi million dollar icon was not always an easy one and if anyone knew what it meant to have work one’s way up from poverty and anonymity to the heights of boxing and stardom it was Floyd Mayweather, who was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 24, 1977 had a tough early childhood and in the process turned to boxing as an outlet to channel his frustrations and amassing a record of 84 wins and only 6 losses also winning the national Golden Gloves championships in 1993, 1994 and 1996 along the way utilizing defensive boxing techniques and skills that his father and uncle taught him leading to him being virtually untouchable in most bouts and also earning the name “Pretty Boy” in the process. From there Floyd ended up fighting in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and although dominating most of the competition he was eventually robbed of the gold medal he had worked so hard for, this however only strengthened both Mayweather’s resolve to become an even better fighter and on October 11, 1996 he dominated fellow newcomer Robert Apodaca in a second round knockout also winning a majority of the following matches by knockout before facing world ranked #1 super featherweight Genaro Hernandez and defeating him by knockout in the eighth round and defeating Angel Manfredy, Carlos Rios, Justin Juuko, Mitch Halpern, Carlos Gerena, Gregorio Vargas and Emanuel Burton. Finally in a step up in competition Floyd Mayweather would face and completely batter Diego Corrales for the IBF super featherweight title by stoppage inside of 10 rounds. After his dominating performance over Corrales Mayweather would win a controversial decision over Jose Luis Castillo before winning decisively in their rematch, outclassing Arturo “Thunder” Gatti and even defeating Zab Judah and Carlos Baldomir for the IBF and WBC welterweight titles.
Before long Mayweather would set his sights on Oscar Dela Hoya and the two superstars would meet in what would be a bout that would be dubbed “The World Awaits”which also broke the record for the most pay per view buys for a boxing match. Though the fight was competitive Floyd persevered and would defeat Oscar via a split decision next moving on to defeat the tenacious Ricky Hatton by knockout, seasoned veterans Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley by unanimous decision, and hungry contender Victor Ortiz by knockout as well. Mayweather would soon find himself facing Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto in a fight that would push him to limits he had never faced before and ultimately winning a tough unanimous decision, soundly defeating Robert Guerrero and famed Mexican super star Saul Alvarez. In May 3rd, 2014 Mayweather went on to defeat Marcos Maidana in a hard fought majority decision before earning a clearer unanimous decision victory later on during the year in September 13, 2014 proving that he still has the potential to defeat even the most dangerous fighters despite now being 38. Finally after years of verbal jabs and failed negotiations Floyd Mayweather will take on quite possibly the biggest threat to his reign in fellow boxing legend and icon Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd and although Pacquiao has advantages that could prove difficult for Mayweather, time has shown us again and again that the current pound for pound king is more than capable of rising to any challenge.
Floyd Mayweather has several advantages that he could use to defeat the Filipino icon among them are his excellent ring generalship skills which he could use to control the pace and tempo of the fight, his sense of timing which we’ve seen Floyd use to land solid counter shots after he’s learned his opponents rhythm, his hand speed which I believe are on par with Manny Pacquiao’s, his impeccable defense that has time and again made touching him virtually impossible, and last but not least his skills and abilities as an expert strategist and tactician that Floyd’s often uses to lure his opponent’s into traps all the while landing most of his shots at will. Only time will tell what May 2nd will bring and no doubt we will get the privilege of seeing two of the greatest boxers in the world at the top of their game give the fans a fight they won’t forget. Either way Floyd’s status as a solid pound for pound fighter have been solidified and his status as a worldwide legend and icon are without a doubt undeniable.