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Mayweather vs Guerrero: Floyd Mayweather's pre-fight habits and rituals

Like many athletes, Floyd Mayweather has rituals before he gets down to business, and his former partner Josie Harris revealed some of those in an interview with Martin Rogers.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

If you've ever wondered what Floyd Mayweather does before a fight, wonder no more, at least for part of it. Former partner Josie Harris -- mother of his children, and the woman involved in Mayweather's domestic violence conviction that put him in jail last year -- has revealed some of Floyd's quirks and habits in part two of her interview with Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports.

Here are a few highlights, but the story -- including the first part, which drew a lot of interest -- is definitely worth reading in full:

A seating chart for his mistresses - Mayweather would set out exactly where he wanted which members of his entourage to sit at ringside. This included his harem of women. Harris insists that part of the ticketing strategy would be to ensure that none of his mistresses sat too close to his main partner.

Eating a large meal - Once the second the weigh-in ends Mayweather will race home to devour a huge meal of up to six steaks, plus pasta, potatoes, chicken and vegetables.

Shadow boxing - At some point in the evening he would get up and walk to the bathroom. There he would stand, put on his fight-night boxing trunks for the first time and start to shadow box in front of the mirror, whispering under his breath and looking for tiny technical kinks.

The mental thing - Harris tells Rogers, "It is kind of fascinating for him to get that strategy of no matter how strong physically you are, if you can break them down mentally they don't have a chance. He has figured it out. He has not shared a lot of that secret to some other boxers. He might share his secret when he retires, but it is definitely a mental thing."

The last part is the most interesting to me, as Harris says it's absolutely not about selling a fight, or looking for attention. Floyd belittles opponents, tries to get into their head, entirely because he believes that's the real key to winning the fight, according to her. Robert Guerrero, of course, has stated that he believes that to be the case, so maybe Robert really does have a leg up on that count.

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