Love him or hate him— you can’t deny that Floyd Mayweather is one of the most successful boxers of all time. He might not be the most exciting athlete to watch, but he gets the job done, and he does it with impressive ease. And Floyd has never been one to try and impress people— at least, not inside the ring, anyway. He has a game plan, and he sticks to it. His tactics are deceptively intelligent as a fighter, and time and time again he’s proved himself to be the best boxer alive today. So, what’s his secret?
How does Floyd Mayweather prepare for a fight? This is what really separates him from other boxers and other athletes, for that matter. The man is meticulous in his approach to fights. Everything must be exactly the way he wants it. Sure, he has his share of rituals and superstitions, just like every other professional athlete. But at the end of the day, the thing that this boxer focuses on is simply working out, and working out harder than his opponent could ever dream of. Here are 25 things Floyd Mayweather does to prepare himself for a fight.
15 He Listens To His “Pre-Fight Playlist”
The first thing you need to know about Floyd Mayweather’s approach to a fight is that he takes his music very seriously. The boxer is often spotted wearing headphones or earbuds, and music seems to be a very important part of his pre-fight ritual. Ever wondered what kind of music Floyd Mayweather listens to while he pumps himself up for a fight?
Well, according to Vibe, Floyd Mayweather actually shared his pre-fight playlist in its entirety, and anyone is now able to have a look at the music he listens to.
There are some predictable songs on there like 50 Cent, but there are also some surprising tunes like MC Hammer’s, “Can’t Touch This.”
14 He Spars With Much Younger Boxers
Sparring is one of the most common ways to train for a fight, and it’s pretty much mandatory. You can do all the training and dieting you can to prepare yourself for fighting, but nothing compares to the real thing. Sparring is about as close as a boxer will come to a real fight in the weeks leading up to his fight, and Floyd Mayweather implements sparring as a big part of his pre-fight training.
Nate Jones, Mayweather’s close friends and assistant trainer, revealed to the LA Times that Floyd was sparring with guys who were much, much younger than he was— and still beating them.
This was before the Connor McGregor fight, and Nate Jones revealed: “Floyd’s thing is he needs to get ready to fight someone like Mike Tyson. Because losing is like death to him. He’ll never take anyone lightly. Did you see his work today? It’s amazing. He’s taking on kids 22-23 years old and burning them out.”