Floyd Mayweather is a lot of things. But in terms of his sporting career, he is one thing above all others: insanely dedicated to his greatness.
That’s the real reason that Floyd Mayweather is 49-0 over his 20-plus year professional boxing career. It’s why he’s won world titles at 130, 135, 140, 147, and 154. It’s why he’s beaten enshrined Hall of Famers such as Oscar De La Hoya and Arturo Gatti, and why that list will swell when the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, and Shane Mosley take their likely places in the IBHOF, too.
It’s why he’s beaten other top-line pro boxers like Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Jesus Chavez, Jose Luis Castillo, and Zab Judah, among many others who could be named. It’s how he easily warded off the challenge of young Canelo Alvarez in 2013, and how he stood in and defeated a gritty, determined Marcos Maidana twice in 2014.
He stays in shape, always. We know that and have known it for years. It’s a point of pride for Mayweather, but it’s not just that. Mayweather believes he was born for greatness in the boxing ring. And he has always, always taken it seriously.
Conor McGregor isn’t the first to be given no chance against Floyd Mayweather. It has never mattered to the former “Pretty Boy,” who switched to “Money” a decade ago when he beat De La Hoya and became boxing’s top box office attraction.
Floyd Mayweather takes every opponent seriously, because he knows that perhaps the easiest way to falter is to overlook someone. Nobody thought Robert Guerrero could beat Mayweather in 2013. They were right. Guerrero didn’t. And Mayweather didn’t listen to the “he has no chance” crowd. He fought Guerrero as he fought everyone else.
The same goes for Andre Berto, ridiculed as Mayweather’s chosen “farewell” opponent two years ago. Berto had long since been exposed at the top level of the sport. It didn’t matter. Mayweather took the fight seriously, and won yet another wide decision.
No matter how lightly fans or media have taken some of Mayweather’s past opponents, the man himself has treated them all as dangerous foes who would come to take his crown. After all, for them it was the biggest fight possible. Surely they would come with the best they had. How could he afford to not do the same?
It is ego, sure, but ego can be good, and it has been exceptionally good to Floyd Mayweather in his professional career.
Conor McGregor has no chance at beating Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. It’s not the first time someone’s been taller, not the first time someone’s been bigger, or younger, or a harder puncher. It’s not just the physical gifts Mayweather was born with, but the dedication with which he has honed those skills.
Mayweather knows McGregor has trained hard, that he’s surely taken this seriously, and that the big-talking Irishman is coming to win.
History tells us that Floyd Mayweather will treat Conor McGregor as if he’s the best opponent he could possibly fight. And history tells us that once again, Mayweather will emerge victorious. It will be his superior skill and craft that gets most of the credit, but it will have been his refusal to take anyone lightly that deserves more.