Photo by Esther Lin/SHOWTIME courtesy of BZA PR

Photo by Esther Lin/SHOWTIME courtesy of BZA PR

Floyd Mayweather is not someone you would call book smart. He probably wouldn’t score high on a standardized test like the SAT either. Many people would agree that Mayweather is smart inside “the squared circle” as he calls it. His ability to swim without getting wet, or hit his opponent without getting hit, has been his greatest asset in the ring, along with his intelligence. But few would call him intelligent outside the ring. But when you look at how he has dominated the sport not only inside the ring but inside the boardroom as well, there is no doubt that Mayweather is a very intelligent man.

For years, many boxing fans have accused Mayweather of being scared to fight Manny Pacquiao. Though this writer never thought it to be true, many fans did, and the anticipation of the two biggest names in boxing facing one another lingered for five years, building until “the fight of the century” Saturday that is the highest-grossing fight ever. Unfortunately for fans, Pacquiao’s inability to land punches against Mayweather led to a fight that left little doubt as to the winner by its conclusion. In hindsight, Mayweather clearly never feared Pacquiao, something Manny’s trainer, Freddie Roach, even admitted before the fight. Mayweather’s decision to let the anticipation build for a Pacquiao fight was genius, enabling him to more than double the $50 million he would have made if the fight had taken place five years ago. “The ultimate goal was to make nine figures in one night and that’s what we did,” Mayweather said after his victory.

Mayweather is contracted to do one more fight under his $400-million, six-fight deal with CBS Sports. A win in his next fight would put him at 49-0, tying Rocky Marciano, and make him a free agent in the boxing game. Mayweather would then have HBO, Showtime, and perhaps others bidding for his services that would see him potentially become the first boxer in history to reach 50-0. Mayweather would command another nine-figure check. This was another intelligent move by Mayweather.

And while some of you may be mad right now because you paid $99.95 for a “boring” fight, aka the defensive brilliance of Floyd Mayweather, when he fights in September, which he has confirmed, you will watch it and pay the $74.95 or whatever the cost to see the fight, and you know what? The intelligence of Floyd Mayweather will once again be on display inside and outside of the ring.

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  • Paytc

    The question I would ask is what is the purpose for going to school and building your intelligence? Most would say it is to be able to one day be able to provide food, clothing and shelter for your family. To help make a positive difference in your community. Not just have intelligence and become a working intelligent fool.

    I have yet to meet anyone who truly had all the answers. But in our society starting with very little and solving the money problem speaks volumes.

    Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. did that and more.

    Congratulations to the Champ !


    • Anita Bouie

      I say super congrats too. Haters will hate. I enjoyed the fight. My perspective was watching May weather keeping at bay from being knocked out or face all bruised and such. I appreciate the confidence. Americans love to control people. They want to like you on their terms, if you don’t fit their ideal of what they think you should be then they knock you. The word says God is no respecter of persons and He looks at the heart. I believe May weather has a good heart. Continue to be encouraged Floyd and God Bless!!!! Work hard at being the very best man and Christian ,and father you can be.

      • Paytc

        Nice comment Anita ! You are so right about folks wanting to like you on their terms. And the control factor. If we look hard enough we can find faults in any and everyone. But I’d prefer to point out the positives too.

        Warm Regards,


  • Christopher Bobe

    Not the first boxer in history to go 50-0. Everything else in the article is accurate.

    • Harold Banks

      True. Julio Cesar Chavez won a record 89 fights before his first loss…

  • MVP

    In full agreement of this perspective. The paradigm of judging intelligence by degrees and PhD’s is old and limiting. The overwhelming hatred of Floyd has nothing to do with his cocky behavior or his less than favorable reputation with women (which are the 2 most popular reasons given for hating him). It has to do with everything you just wrote in this article, his winning in and out of the ring. If he was a one of the typical stories “dumb fighter” blows millions or if he were facing jail time for oweing then IRS millions in back taxes or had a couple of homes in foreclosure, no one would give a damn about him either way. But his financial intelligence and business savvy has people scratching their heads and they don’t like it.
    But I Love it!!!!! He did not name his team The Money Team for nothing!

    • Paytc

      That perspective is probably what earned you the title “MVP”. Floyd stays focused on his goal line. Though far from perfect, love or hate him, he’s a proven winner. I love his financial and emotional intellegence too !

      May Floyd continue to flip the paradigm,and teach more how to define victories for themselves too.


  • Mike Kuhl

    That was terribly written.