Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Have you ever seen a blueprint? It’s on paper right? It is written down, drawn out and laid on a desk. See, look at this blueprint….. Now, that blueprint tells me exactly how the first floor of that office or apartment should look. Seems easy right? I have the blueprint, I should be able to just go build a first floor office correct? Of course not, because the blueprint is just instructions, carrying out those instructions are a totally different things. Especially when you are being punched in the face. I know how to beat Floyd Mayweather. I have the blueprint, just like Oscar De La Hoya, but that means absolutely nothing. The first time I can recall seeing Floyd Mayweather fight was in 2001 against the late Diego Corrales. Corrales was undefeated at the time and many people thought he would destroy Mayweather. Mayweather knocked him down 5 times and en route to a 10th round TKO. 2001 was a long time ago, things were a lot different. There was no Money Mayweather. It was Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather. The promoter was Top Rank and frankly Corrales may have been more known back then. Mayweather used to struggle to draw crowds and viewers back then. Extremely talented, but he wasn’t a Sugar Shane Mosley, a Trinidad or Oscar De La Hoya in terms of popularity. He wasn’t even a Fernando Vargas. As the years went on things changed, Bob Arum was fired and the Money Mayweather persona grew. The B-Side of the PPVs became the A-Side and here we are, 13 years later, and Mayweather is sitting on top of the world. But in those 13 years I have watched every fight and every opponent Mayweather has faced. Probably many that you have forgotten or never knew like Sharmba Mitchell, Chop Chop Corley, Victoriano Sosa and more. No one fights 44 times and doesn’t show some signs of weakness, it isn’t humanly possible, so yes there is a blueprint to beating Floyd Mayweather. It isn’t groundbreaking stuff and you don’t need to be an expert to figure it out. Just watch boxing and you will know what you need to do. 1- Jab Jab is the most effective punch in boxing and it is the most effective punch against Mayweather’s shoulder roll defense. The reason is simple, Mayweather defense is built on not being hit cleanly, jabs don’t knock people out. Hooks, crosses and uppercuts do, so Mayweather will give you the jab to protect everything else. He banks on you abandoning it out of frustration which many fighters do. 2- The Body Same premise of the jab. Mayweather is a thinker in the ring, while you can get KOed from a body shot, it is less likely than a head shot. Once again, Mayweather banks on you abandoning the strategy in a desperate attempt at a knockout. 3- Walk through punches, bully him and pin him against the ropes. No one is out boxing Floyd Mayweather and it isn’t likely he is going to knock you out, but he paralyzes your offense with his own offense. It is like getting ready to race and someone trips you out of the starting block every time. Most fighters want to reset, but the best thing to do is stumble and keep moving forward. If you could have combined Victor Ortiz’s physical attributes with Miguel Cotto’s brain they would have been the perfect opponent. 4- Go YOLO early and if you catch him finish him If you are going to catch Mayweather it has to be early. Mayweather has an underrated chin, but you have to throw caution to the wind even if that means being a little reckless. Mayweather hasn’t had a KO inside of 4 rounds (not counting the Victor Ortiz situation) since 1998. If you let Mayweather get into a rhythm it is like a great pitcher, he simply becomes unhittable. If you are going to go out, go out guns blazing. 5- Father Time and his friend Antonio Tarver. If I was any potential Mayweather opponent I would watch this video 100x a day. Mayweather isn’t Roy Jones Jr, but you have to believe if you are the opponent it can happen, because we have seen it happen many times before. Sports are cruel. The greats can fight off father time longer than others, but doesn’t matter if you are Jordan, Montana or Ali, the end comes for everyone at some point. Canelo has to believe he is THE ONE to close that chapter. Blueprint has been out there, but no one has been able to build that first floor office. Does Canelo have the tools to build the office? We will find out this Saturday.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cam Newton not a person of interest in night club shooting

Should Texans consider moving on from Arian Foster?

Dice-K begins comeback bid, makes first start in Japan

Report: Teams think Suh to Dolphins is ‘done' deal

Adrian Peterson still has ‘concerns’ about Vikings


LSU S blasts Tigers fans for leaving game early

Nobody’s safe in the NFL and nothing is sacred

UMass to retire jersey in honor of John Calipari

Houston Texans are moving on from Andre Johnson

Top landing spots for Darrelle Revis

Mets: Murphy will no longer discuss his religious beliefs

WATCH: CP3 goes nuts after DeAndre Jordan doesn't shoot

WATCH: Ridiculous foul called on Penn State

WATCH: Westbrook throws down huge dunk in return

Cowboys hang out at Duke game, pose with funny poster

Report: Peyton Manning's contract incentives tied to Super Bowl

Bean responds to Murphy's homosexuality comments

Haynesworth to Suh: Skins ‘took my love away from the game’

Five teams that should consider signing JaVale McGee

MLB local streaming is unlikely for Opening Day

Ronaldo sends his hair stylist to check on his wax figure monthly

Arizona Diamondbacks unveil 'The Churro Dog'

Ray Allen announces he will not play this season

Boxing News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Every starting QB ranked by mobility

WATCH: CP3 goes nuts

UFC must make Rousey vs. Cyborg happen

Suh to Dolphins a 'done' deal?

Why haven't brands shown love to James Harden?

Nobody’s safe in the NFL and nothing is sacred

Tim Lincecum’s last best chance

Ten most underrated players in the NBA

Stevens: LeBron looks like the MVP

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.