Floyd Mayweather fluctuates between brilliance and obnoxiousness. In light of his recent "no one's first choice" fight against Victor Ortiz, I believe his legacy and standing needs to be discussed.
The man knows what he's doing: he was an under-appreciated "good guy" boxer as "Pretty Boy Floyd," but didn't start generating interest or selling major pay-per-views until he adopted his "Money Mayweather" persona. It's a tried-and-true formula: Muhammad Ali did it masterfully, Mike Tyson did it well but inconsistently, and it made Apollo Creed the most compelling of Rocky's opponents in the most famous boxing movie series of all time.
But Ali and Tyson, in spite of their own three year layoffs, otherwise stuck to a schedule of at least two fights a year. Mayweather seems to think an 18-month hiatus between fights against outmatched opponents is good enough.
So it becomes easy for people (myself included) to call him a chicken and assume he is overrated. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Given all his naysayers, Floyd Mayweather is the most under-appreciated boxer in the sport today, and among the most under-appreciated fighters of all time.
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