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Mayweather vs. McGregor: Five keys to victory for Mayweather

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) throws a jab at Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Staying Centered

The overwhelming persona of “Money” Mayweather is an eccentric, larger than life persona. From the fast cars, the expensive embellishments and bank roll to back it up, the “Money” character needs to be dropped the moment Mayweather enters the arena.

The lavish lime light of Mayweather’s success and the overwhelmingly favourable odds are easy to get caught up in. While Mayweather has shown an affinity for overcoming the spotlight when the bell rings, this spectacle is an event the combat sports world has rarely seen.

Mayweather needs to come into Vegas ready to put on a show outside the ring and a skilled performance inside the ring. The ability to stay centered transcends Mayweather’s attitude and arrogance. In a physical boxing sense, Mayweather needs to keep the bout placed in the center of the canvas.

More often than not, in the few fights, Mayweather has found himself in trouble, Mayweather’s weakness comes against the ropes. Some of Mayweather’s toughest competitors, such as Oscar de la Hoya, Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo, have tried to throw Mayweather off his defensive game to engage in a close quarters scrap around the edges of the ring.

Maidana pressured Mayweather repeatedly to back pedal and push against the ropes. Maidana would continue to pepper the body and head of Mayweather throughout the early going of their fight. Mayweather covered up and tried to angle out but often found himself back to the ropes shortly after.

In their bout, Maidana connected with a staggering 221 punches. Rarely in his fighting career had Mayweather absorbed this much punishment. As his pedigree has shown, Mayweather is more than capable of making the correct adjustments to win over the ringside judges.

As Mayweather senses the early pressure in a fight and feels himself coming closer to the ropes, Mayweather is quick to transition his game plan to the defensive mindset. Instead of being pushed around, Mayweather uses his footwork to keep out of the pocket of his opponent and engage only when the time is right.

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