The greatness of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr

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MayweatherBy Munyonzwe Hamalengwa, Ph.D.

The destruction of British Boxer Amir Khan by Mexican Fighter Saul Canelo Alvarez on Saturday May 7th, 2016 for the middleweight title attests to the boxing greatness of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  Mayweather is the only fighter who had defeated Alvarez, a boxing machine in his own right. Until Mayweather defeated Alvarez a few years ago, this pugilist had demolished everyone else and was second only to Mayweather in nearly achieving the unachievable which is to equal or surpass the record held by Rocky Marciano of 49 victories against no defeats. Only Mayweather has achieved the insurmountable goal of equaling Marciano. Alvarez will never achieve it. Until Mayweather came along, Alvarez was on his way to achieving this enviable record.

Khan is a good boxer, albeit with a weak chin. All his four defeats have come by way of knockout. Khan had even been flexing his muscles to fight Mayweather and had boasted that Mayweather was avoiding him. As Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines had been boasting until he was made to look like an ordinary boxer, and not the great boxer that he thought he was, on May 2nd, 2015 by Mayweather. Mayweather’s boxing skills were displayed by his ability to neutralize every boxer he ever faced and he faced some real great welterweights like Shane Mosley, Oscar de la Hoya, Zab Judah, Carlos Maidana, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao, Arturo Gatti, and many other greats of his era.

Mayweather’s greatness can also be measured by the number of great boxes whom he fought who were bigger, heavier and taller than himself. Perhaps, only Mike Tyson fought more heavier, bigger and taller boxes in his division than Mayweather did in his division.

Mayweather has other enduring qualities beyond his boxing skills that African governments can emulate. African governments can use Mayweather as a consultant in economic autonomy and independence. Mayweather wrestled his contract from his greedy and manipulative promoter and decided to be his own marketer and promoter. No one now owned Mayweather. What he earned remained in his pocket. Whatever was promoted during his fights, Mayweather ended up getting a great slice of the revenue therefrom. Some business schools are using Mayweather’s business model. He is the first boxer and probably the only one for a long time to earn over US $200 million in one boxing match. This is great for a person who did not go far in school. Most African governments cannot shake western control over them.

Mayweather gave himself the middle name of “Money” and called himself TBE or The Best Ever. This is the man who walks the talk. It is hard to argue that he is not “Money” or that he is not TBE.

Dr. Munyonzwe Hamalengwa is a great fan of boxing.


4 Responses to The greatness of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr

  1. You should have stated that whatever you have written represents your very personal opinion. Mayweather did not make Pacquiao to look like an ordinary boxer. Mayweather was booed throughout that fight by his own American fans because he was avoiding to fight by running away throughout that fight. You should also acknowledge that Pacquiao fought with one properly functioning hand and he was even later charged for declaring false information that he was fit to fight when infact not. Had Pacquiao been in top physical condition, Mayweather could never have reached 5th round.

    May 10, 2016 at 4:43 pm

  2. Manny Pacquiao did not declare that he was injured in the mandatory forms that he filled in before the fight. Many people that that the so-called injury was fake and in fact had been staged so that Pacquiao could get the performance enhancing drugs that he has been suspected of using before each tight under the pretext that he was dealing with injuries. For years Pacquiao was refusing to have any blood tests done before any fight. Figure why? In any case, if your fighter was injured but did not declsre so, do you blame Mayweather for that and why? If he was injured, why did he start behaving and state that he won the fight immediately after the fight. His statement that he won the fight despite the alleged injury completely describes his case. Who would believe that any injured fighter can beat Mayweather? Could you believe that?
    Mayweather was booed by Pacquiao fans, naturally and these included Americans, naturally. Pacquiao us a very nice decent and highly religious person, so he is bound to have a great following everywhere. But the booing has to do with Mayweather’ s showy and irreverent behaviour. He is not a loveable or sympathetic character. The booing has nothing to do with his boxing skills or that people that Pacquiao won. Look at all the Mayweather fights on YouTube, he makes all his opponents look ordinary. He did that to Alvarez. He did that to Pacquiao, to Mosley, de la Hoya and all. Pacquiao was not injured. It was fake. Bad loser. Lastly indeed the article is my opinion and that is why I wrote it to share my opinion and I don’t have to say the obvious. Most importantly thank you for contributing your opinion. No one holds absolute truth so every contribution is absolutely welcome and encouraged. We learn from each other daily.

    Munyonzwe Hamalengwa
    May 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  3. Thank you Dr. Munyonzwe Hamalengwa,for your approach to bring home reason we should stand and develop our own economies. We are blessed with a lot of natural resources and apart from our traditional copper centred economy we can look at other areas such as Agricultural, energy and tourism where we can easily grow and control our economy. Mayweather boxing and promoter aspect comes in to entice our minds to read this article yet the main thing is what our attitude should be as we try to revamp our fallen economy. Do we stick to our traditional dependence syndrome on the Muzungu approach to develop our countries or will do business where we will have much control knowing of course that we are a small open economy?

    May 11, 2016 at 7:11 am

  4. Thank you for your contribution. The world is interdependent and no one country including the USA, China and Japan, can do it alone. The difference is that those economies are not controlled by external powers, while Zambia is. Over the past 50 years, we could have done much much more to wrestle our economy from the viscititudes of external control through diversification into tourism and agriculture. As I recently wrote in my article on diversification, all presidents and finance ministers have talked about diversification but have done little to implement what is widely appreciated.
    Zambia can develop its strengths and burnish its weaknesses. The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born to quote Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah.

    Munyonzwe Hamalengwa
    May 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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