Floyd Mayweather Jr has a perfect record of 43-0, but is he really “unbeatable?” Floyd loves to say, “There is no blueprint to beating me!” Okay, if thats the case, lets make one. First thing that comes to my mind is, you have to stay away from his elbows! Mayweather has perfected his shoulder roll technique to the point that when he elbows or sticks his forearms at his opponent’s face, it usually goes “unseen” by the referee. Some say this is a “dirty tactic,” others on the contrary, would say its “unintentional” and is a result of his style.
Regardless of his style or approach, Mayweather still trains harder than anyone in the game. Which leads me into my next point. If you want to beat Mayweather, then you must be willing to put in the gym time, the road time, and all the hard time. Mayweather lives by the motto “Hard work and dedication!” I am not a fan of Mayweather, never have been and never will be. However, I have to respect his work ethic when he is in camp. Lots of fighters aren’t willing to put in that kind of hard work, let alone when they are on top. It is evident that something has kept Floyd crisp and I believe it’s the fear of losing his 0. If he loses his 0, then he loses a lot of pay per view value. Once that happens he is no longer Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Another simple boxing fundamental tactic you must do against Floyd, is faint. If you faint, that will cause Mayweather to cover up, and, or throw to counter punch. Once he punches, you can counter the counter puncher. How do you counter him? Hook over his jab, especially, if his jabs are targeted to your body. For a example, look at the image below. Notice, that as Mayweather jabs to the body, it leaves him open for a counter shot with a hook over the top. However, you must remember, to be able to do this you must have fast hands! Speed kills, and if you don’t have speed, attempt this at your own risk.
A lot of people say that the key to beating Mayweather is “you have to make it an ugly fight” and I concur. Hatton and Castillo both found success this way.You have to mix it up, throw from different angles, work inside as well as the outside. Most importantly, never let him get settled, constantly move. When you circle around Floyd, move right and stay low. His defense has a blind spot so to speak. Miguel Cotto found success in pressuring Mayweather but he didn’t capitalize on having him trapped against the ropes. Mayweather is one of the smartest boxers in boxing. If you have a flaw Floyd will find it and exploit it. All of these tips, I realize, are extremely hard to pull off. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has crafted himself close to perfection for boxing standards and these small split second openings are all you can take advantage of to beat him.
By Lucas Biggers