Almost two months after the undecided boxing match between social media star, Logan Paul, and undefeated boxer, Floyd Mayweather, I think about a quote Mayweather made post-fight. Floyd talked about his shorts being worth $30 million dollars, and using that to assert the point, “So who’s really the smartest one in the sport of boxing.” Now just looking at the ring in boxing matches, the logos of a multitude of companies are shown, from the ropes, to the canvas. Endorsements and advertisements are an essential part to, not only the business of sports, but almost every type of company. But money in the world of sports leads to a conversation about the valuation of success in everyday life.
This conversation, is also brought about through another post-fight statement from Mayweather, in which he states, “‘Money ain’t everything’, well, I know we got to eat food everyday, to survive so we can live longer and that takes money, so, to me, it looks like money is everything.” This came regarding Floyd’s decision to not return to boxing after his bout, and saying, “Made a ton of money,” to give reason to the retirement.
Now, Mayweather has called out retirement more than once in his professional career. After a win against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, he “retired”, but then ditched that to fight Ricky Hatton. After that fight, he then announced retirement again, but broke that when he battled against Manuel Marquez. In 2015, he beat Andre Berto, and made his retirement for sure when he said, “It’s official.” This was also broken when Floyd went on to fight the UFC powerhouse, Conor McGregor, which gave Floyd the record of 50-0 with his knockout win over Conor. “Sports Joe” called Mayweather a “serial retirer” in an article about his announcements of leave, that is used in this piece.
Ironically, Mayweather claimed months after his fight with Hatton, “There comes a time when money doesn’t matter,” which was stated in regards to his retirement, post the Ricky Hatton fight. Now, over a decade later, Mayweather is bragging about being the smartest boxer because of money made through his boxing shorts, and defending the claim of “money is everything”. But this isn’t a change of heart from the erratic boxer, this is a huge tell to who he is as a person.
This statement of “Money is everything” from Floyd Mayweather, is his excuse for not winning or even knocking down Paul and/or a self reassurance that he is better than everyone else. It makes sense that his fighting is excused because it isn’t his only focus from his stance on his superiority based off of money. But more importantly, the self reassurance for Floyd’s sake is why his mind really “changes”.
Floyd Mayweather is addicted to being at the top. In an interview with Brian Kenney in 2009, Floyd gets upset with Kenney’s statement of, “Former #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.” He doesn’t like the fact that he is mentioned as the “former” number one fighter, as he claims, “No one has dethroned me.” This shows Floyd is so caught up in being the best even in 2009, that a statement so small can get him upset. Floyd “thinking” he is the best because of money is a way to give him a good feeling even though he didn’t win. It could also be an image to inflict on others, as opposed to Mayweather creating the feeling of superiority for his own sake.
There are psychotic competitors when it comes to sports and “being the best”. There is a theory I saw from YouTuber, Mike Korzemba, that explains Michael Jordan and his controversial moves he made to keep the status of the “GOAT” or greatest-of-all-time. Whether this is true or not, we all know Jordan is a freak competitor from watching the documentary, “The Last Dance”, to the point where it is comedy. The feeling of winning is something that isn’t concrete. But it holds a value that no one can fully grasp in our everyday world, especially for these athletes.
If you think about every business in society, it shows this point in a concrete way. The best ones succeed over the others because of better marketing, selling strategies, locations, and things like quality of your product. When you become the best ,you strive to keep that because it is a marketing tool. But in the situation, Mayweather and Jordan aren’t in search for more money. They are in search for gratification.
To that point, determining success is something that uses a concrete basis, with assets, family, and friends, and another where there is self-conscious. This abstract part of success relates to true happiness, as this comes within your conscious and the opinion of “Happiness is success”. These athletes may look silly when they do crazy things to be better than someone else, but that is because it makes them happy. The money may have mattered at one point, but now they look to other things to bring that feeling of success. Those other things are represented through the examples in this editorial.
One main idea of this piece is success is something that goes through stages. It isn’t as straightforward as what you have, but more of the happiness you get from either what you have, or what you feel in your conscious. For Floyd Mayweather, being the best is his success. Maybe one day it was money. Maybe one day it was family. But success isn’t what you have, it’s what you feel when you have it.
The other main idea, which is derived from the title, is winners will do anything to give themselves the thought of being better than someone else. As I was saying, Floyd is doing this for his own sake and this not only gives him satisfaction, but also drives him to keep being the best in the sport. It would give reasoning to the broken retirements as the self reassurance shows a drive that cannot be tamed. Floyd Mayweather isn’t just a “serial retirer”, but he’s also a “serial winner”.