Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guest Post: Did Running Help Floyd Mayweather Jr. Win His Last Match?

Today we have a guest post by Rob Lobitz, that comes from the idea of Floyd Mayweather running 6 milers at 5:45-6:00 pace. While a boxing champion of his size should be able to do this, I'll still like to see it! Interested in writing a guest post? Send me an email with an idea for a story!

On Saturday night, May 5, 2012, Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Miguel Cotto to keep his undefeated streak alive. Did running have anything to do with Floyd ending up as the champ? It certainly did.

In a story covered by Martin Rogers at Yahoo sports, Mayweather left a strip club to do a 6-mile run at 3 AM in the morning. He ran for 6 miles to help get prepared for his upcoming fight against Cotto.

Mayweather said that this run was the beginning of his training camp and that is what set him up for the fight. At the time, he was running 5:45 - 6:00 minute miles. Along with running, heavy bags and other intense training, Mayweather was able to fight Cotto to a successful conclusion.

Mayweather left the strip club and his friend and business partner, rapper 50 Cent, behind. 50 Cent didn't know what to make of the sudden departure out of the club and thought that Mayweather was crazy. He went on to say that Mayweather is all about extreme work ethic and working hard to get things done.

Mayweather is definitely determined and high-spirited. He knows exactly what needs to be done to remain a success and does this better than anyone else. He knew that Cotto had been fighting recently and to beat him, he would have to make sure his endurance was up. This 3 AM run was the beginning of a workout that would lead to ultimate success in the ring.

Mayweather only has one real match left and that would be against Manny Pacquiao (who claims to run 10 miles per day while training). Mayweather doesn't think the match will take place, however, he has said that he offered Pacquiao $40 million to fight by calling him directly. Mayweather doesn't have a boss, so he told Pacquiao that he would send him $20 million by wire within a 48-hour time frame. According to Mayweather, Pacquiao is continually changing and there are a lot of things standing in the way.

Between bouts, Mayweather has a workout routine that involves jumping rope, hitting the heavy bags and speed bags, sparring, crunches and hours of running. He's hitting the cheap Everlast heavy bags at the gym and then running miles to keep in shape.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is definitely a powerhouse of speed and intensity, mixed in with sheer determination. There's no doubt that this fighter has left his mark in boxing history and it's nice to know that running played a big part in bringing him up to this point.

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