Undefeated

TBE

We as humans are known to glorify violence and aggression as traits of a true man. In this day and age can there are not many sports viewed more “manlier” than boxing. It just so happens, that the top boxer of my era just so happens to also be my role model. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is a captivating figure that has dominated boxing for as long as I have been alive. His brash “in your face” attitude is often the subject of much debate, but his talent is undeniable.  He has conquered multiple different weight classes on his was to an incredible 46-0 professional record. He embodies the term “self-made”, and was able to market his himself under the brand TMT (The Money Team).

Floyd was born in a nomad generation, one that is described as being able to “find their own norms and are exposed to the world of adult dangers and anxieties at a young age. Consequently, Nomad children grow up fast and often engage in risky behavior” (Mckay). This description fits Mayweather perfectly, as he is one of the most controversial athletes of his time. He doesn’t hold his tongue for anyone and speaks his mind at every chance. His flamboyant lifestyle that includes a multitude of luxury cars, regularly attending strip clubs, and high-stakes gambling has been the subject of much media backlash. But through all the adversity, Floyd never lost sight of his goal to be one of the greatest boxers of time. The real controversy surrounding Mayweather is his overwhelming success inside the ring. All of his extracurricular antics wouldn’t be meaningful if he didn’t have the skills to back it up. What people don’t see is the countless hours he puts into the gym, the hard-work that goes into being a champion. His in-ring bravado is what really captivates me, as he never seems nervous or out of control in a fight. I have been watching all of his fights for nearly a decade, and not once can I recall him being rattled in the ring. The pressure of each bout is immense, as he has fought in 3 of the top 5 biggest Pay-Per-View fights of all time. His brash lifestyle has garnered him plenty critics, who would love nothing more than to see the arrogant boxer be humbled by a defeat. Mayweather has yet to give them that pleasure however, and he seems to shine under the lights.

What makes Floyd truly the face to the missing question mark for my generation is his independent success. Floyd was able to become the highest paid athlete not because he followed the social norms and went to college and got his degree. Mayweather is an icon for his ability to step outside the box and be successful on his own. An “early exposure to the realities of adult life give them strong survival skills and a fierce independent streak that makes them well-suited to navigate the societal Unraveling that surrounds them” is what Mckay states about nomads. Floyd channeled his anger from a difficult upbringing into fuel for his burning desire to be a success. He could of followed the path of his father and went to jail, but instead he made something of his life. What makes his story truly unique is how he used his athletic skills to create an opportunity in which his family is set for generations to come. He invested in himself and is now reaping the rewards. He owns his own clothing line, and sales everything from shoes and hats to iPhone cases. I respect Floyd Mayweather’s independence and courage to be himself no matter what anybody else thinks of him. But more importantly I admire his mindset of reaching all of his goals and being a sports icon when he could also just been a statistic in jail. In a lot of ways Floyd Mayweather embodies the ideals and traits of what It means to be truly a “manly man”.

 

Works Cited

  • “The Generations of Men: How the Cycles of History Shape Your Values, Your Idea of Manhood, and Your Future.” The Art of Manliness. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 July 2014.

 

 

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Undefeated

  1. Of course, we all love Mayweather. This is a really great blog. I feel like many people cannot see Mayweather as anything else but a person who beats people up and gets paid for it. I enjoyed the fact that you see him as a man who decided to use his troubled upbringing as fuel to his fire of success rather than fuel to his fire of failure

  2. Floyd “Money” Mayweather, his name says it all. In society today money plays a huge role in just how “successful” you are considered to be by society. Floyd has clearly reached the top not by knocking guys heads in the ring but in the gym everyday and outside of the gym. He may like to spend his money in ridiculous ways but when you have that kind of cash, you can do as you please. He has a beautiful family in which he loves dearly, you can see this by the pictures he posts on social media with his kids. Floyd is a man in his house providing for his family and also taking care of his business inside of the ring. He has dedicated his life to being successful. Its a lifestyle he chose to live.

  3. I really liked your blog. I would have really liked to read about our hero generation how it impacts you and your life decisions. I liked how you described how he impacts other generations. It was very organized and structured. Having Floyd as your role model, how has that helped you in your generation? Great Job !!!!

  4. This was a really nice piece because i can relate to why you think he is the perfect man. He started from the bottom and now he is a household brand and everyone knows and wants to be him. He is not only know for his brand, but he is also one of the best boxers of all time and i admire his work ethic and determination.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s