- Control of the confrontation
- Retraction of bust and counter with the cross of the right
- Style and distance adaptable
Mayweather knows how to impose his style, as we have seen, but he knows how to adapt it to his opponent. The distance he managed to keep in front of Manny Pacquiao was not the same as the one he used against Zab Judah, and the rest of other boxers he has fought with. He who used to box long distance for security is a new proof of his intelligence and his lucidity of combat.
Mayweather’s great strength comes from his combat reading and his ability to impose his style. We saw him in front of Manny Pacquiao. We had the impression of seeing Pacquiao borrowed, and that’s what it was. Why? Because he did not succeed in imposing his style of combat. It was Floyd, who managed to keep his safety distance and place his counters.
- Impenetrable defense
He has a good stretch and in general, he tries to use it. That is, he tries to create a fighting distance that benefits his long arms. He maintains this abyss through perfectly executed jabs. He uses all sorts of jabs, pretending, jabs elongated, jabs to blind, others to stop in the belly. Thanks to this mastery of the jab.
As soon as he finds himself midway, Floyd recomposes his guard and becomes very hermetic by taking support on his back leg and using his left shoulder to protect his jaw, his left arm protecting his stomach.
Once Mayweather squeezed from close range, he uses back and side dodges to inhibit the offensives of his opponents. Once his opponent has completed his sequencing or put a break in his strike frequency, he comes out of the danger zone with lateral chases or a pivot.
His small details, which the American champion has mastered to perfection have made him invincible throughout his career. As Sun Tzu said, “The key to invincibility lies in defense,” not in the attack.
Mayweather vs. McGregor will run according to the rules of English boxing, which deprives Conor of nearly 80% of his fighting arsenal. But apparently, the Irish loves the challenges.