He only fights guys he knows he can beat, is a common phrase used by critics of Floyd “Money” Mayweather. It is one of many collective complaints echoed by detractors.
He only fights for money. He cherry picks his opponents and hasn’t fought anyone. He won’t stand toe-to-toe with his opponent.
So he fights for money, okay that’s obvious. As a professional PRIZE FIGHTER, why wouldn’t you fight for money? In such a dangerous sport, where not only your career can end with one punch, your entire life can vastly change or end off of one punch, why not fight for the most money possible?
All professional athletes get paid to perform. With any profession, you get paid to perform, I certainly hope you wouldn’t work for free. The all-time great fighters fight for money; Ray Robinson, Willie Pep, Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Manny Pacquiao, etc.
The fans won’t care for the fighter after their career is over. The fans won’t be paying the bills, they will not financially take care of their favorite fighter’s family, even if that fighter ends up as a brain dead vegetable in the hospital.
Some say Mayweather hasn’t fought anyone.
It’s easy to nitpick anyone’s resume. Some say Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez faced many scrubs in career. Former opponent Greg Haugen said Chavez mostly taxi-cab drivers from Tijuana. It wasn’t the case, but any fighter’s resume can be dissected in positive or negative fashion. Mayweather does have a quality resume.
In the match-up of Hagler and Leonard back in April of 1987, some people may argue Leonard waited for Hagler to slip out of his physical prime before he finally decided to face him and Leonard even admitted such.
Some critics complain that Floyd Mayweather refuses to stand toe-to-toe and fight. Instead he supposedly runs around the ring for 12 rounds for a boring decision victory. The “artful dodger” if you will.
Would you stand in front a person who is stronger and has a 10 pound plus weight advantage and willingly exchange punches to the face back and forth? Would you trade punches back and forth with Mike Tyson? Sounds idiotic right?
How has that brand of fighting worked out for Antonio Margarito?
In regards to fighting toe-to-toe, fighters do not willingly want to get hit. The fighters that sit and exchange punches back and forth most of the time do it because they have to. Not everyone is defensively skilled where they can dodge most punches at will.
Looking back at the fight between Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler, an argument can be made that most of Leonard’s work during the fight, aside from his flashy combinations to punctuate the rounds consisted of “running” and clinching.
That was the correct game plan for Leonard. Why would he stand in front of the stronger Hagler and trade punches blow for blow? It would not make sense. As an effective fighter, you fight utilizing your strengths and try to avoid exposing weaknesses.
Some people call it running, I call it using the ring to your advantage and fighting intelligently. A fighter can move or dance around the ring for a variety of reasons.
It can be a defensive tactic to stay out of a puncher’s range and to keep the opponent off balance, making it difficult for their opponent to set-up their attack. Dancing on the outside is also a method for the fighter to set-up their attack as well.
Can the detractors of artistic fighting define running?
How do you “run” in your fights, but have knock-outs on your record? 26 KO’s through 45 fights to be exact.