Can Floyd be Tactically Outclassed?
Many fighters have boasted that they will finally end the dominance of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and hand him his first defeat. Some have come close but all have failed.
WBC World Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz is the latest fighter who is convinced he will win this coming Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
But in reality, the dominant history of "Money" Mayweather seems to suggest that a new WBC champion will be crowned this weekend. Ortiz may go down fighting, but Mayweather will prove too much for him, even after a lengthy lay off.
And the question is still asked, is there a way to beat Floyd Mayweather? Is there any blueprint or master plan for beating him?
Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Zab Judah and Shane Mosley all claimed prior to fight night that they knew how to beat Mayweather. Only De La Hoya convincingly went the distance and had a good claim to have won their fight.
Mayweather is one of the best defensive boxers of all time. No matter how obnoxious, arrogant, loud or annoying you think Mayweather is, he has one of the most intelligent and sharpest brains in the sport of boxing.
Mayweather has also not recorded a knockout victory in under six rounds since December 1998. He defeated Angel Manfredy in his 19th fight by second-round knockout.
But don't let the above statistic confuse you. His defensive skills are more of an advantage than it seems.
Mayweather will spend the first five to six rounds boxing on the defensive, allowing his opponent space to try and execute their own game plan. During this time, Mayweather will spend his time feinting and throwing labored combinations.
This tactic seems to allow Mayweather the opportunity to figure out what he is facing and where the weak points are without risk of being hit hard. After about six rounds, Mayweather goes on the offensive and conclusively out-boxes and demoralizes his opponent.
A perfect example is the fight between Mayweather and Ricky Hatton. For the first few rounds, Mayweather fought reasonably negative and weathered a storm of punches from Hatton. After Round 5, Mayweather took Hatton apart piece by piece to the point that Hatton was missing Mayweather on a regular basis by the ninth round. Mayweather brutally knocked out Hatton in the 10th round.
Shane Mosley rocked Mayweather in the second round of their fight last year. If Mosley had been in his prime, Mayweather would have been on the floor. After the fourth round, Mosley was done, and Mayweather proceeded to give him a good beating.
But Hatton and Mosley did expose the possible weakness of Mayweather and that is he needs to be stopped relatively early in the fight.
If Ortiz stands any chance of victory, he needs to bring his youth and strength to batter Mayweather into submission within the first five rounds. Ortiz must keep the pressure on from the start and give Mayweather no space or time to settle.
A sustained attack from the start could confuse and tire Mayweather enough for him to drop any defensive tactics and go on the offensive to avoid the chance of a flash knockdown.
Once Mayweather gets past six rounds, he will be in his comfort zone. By that time he will have Ortiz figured out and will begin to put the champion under pressure. From then on, it will all depend on whether Ortiz is strong enough to go the distance and weather the storm.
Is there a good way to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.? Let's hope that Victor Ortiz can bring something new to test "Money."
Fight Prediction: Mayweather by Unanimous Points Decision.