On May 2, 2015, the most anticipated, richest and biggest fight in the history of professional boxing will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, two of the greatest of all-time, will go at it in what is expected to be a nail-biter.
These two legendary boxers have totally opposite personalities, but when it comes to preparation and performance for their sport, there are a ton of similarities between the two.
Simply put, these two are who they are because of the work they put in. There are just very few athletes in the history of our time that have been as physically and mentally disciplined as these two.
Mayweather and Pacman are truly inspirational figures for any competitive athlete out there from the high school to professional level.
The two boxers are huge basketball fans and they also play the sport, Pacquiao even owns a team in the PBA. There will be a lot of ball players watching this fight on Saturday. For players who have hoop dreams, these two guys are some of the most motivational and dominant athletes to follow. Their approach to training and nutrition, rehab and mental toughness has earned them legendary status, and it’s inspired millions of kids around the world.
If your serious about the game of basketball, want to improve your performance and achieve your goals, here are some of the traits that Mayweather and Pacquiao share that you should adapt to improve your game on the court.
As a matter of fact, if you want to achieve true greatness you’ll HAVE TO adapt these traits.
These two have a legendary work ethic. Their work ethic is unmatched by anyone in their sport. They get up very early and train three times a day, their in the gym working on technique, sparring, their physique and anything and everything x 100 that they need to for the sport of boxing.
These two are insanely conditioned and have an extremely low body fat percentage. Their hands and feet are scary quick, their explosive, they have the punching power of dudes that are nearly a 100 pounds heavier than them.
Check out a video of Mayweather preparing for a fight, he’s drenched in blood, sweat and tears. He’s the highest paid athlete in the world, yet he trains like he doesn’t have a penny.
Basketball is more mental than physical. If you truly believe that your better than the player guarding you, then you will be in good position to put in work on them. Floyd Mayweather is a physically gifted fighter, and he trains his ass off, but the truth is this guy could probably come into a fight two years removed from the sport and have a mediocre training camp, but still destroy the man he fights simply because he strongly believes Floyd Mayweather is the best ever.
When you have supreme confidence, no shot is a bad shot, you can blow past anyone, make plays against any team and pressure becomes irrelevant.
Is he cocky at times? Yes, but it does him wonders when he competes, plus he backs it up. The first step to becoming the best is truly believing that you’re the best.
One of the greatest fighters of all-time, Manny Pacquiao has done it all multiple times. He went from earning $2 for his first fight to becoming a multi-millionaire athlete. Pacman defines the term from rags to riches.
Yet, he never forgets where he comes from.
Always smiling, always greeting fans with love, Manny is one of the nicest athletes in the world, and it makes him even greater.
He is a powerful man as far as athleticism, celebrity status goes, but he is always humble. Pacman is arguably the most feared fighter in the history of pro boxing, and he is an assassin once that bell rings, but after the fight he always congratulates and thanks his opponents, his fans and gives all glory to God.
Through all his success Pacquiao has always been humble. He is never flaunting his riches, never disrespecting opponents or bragging about his greatness, just working hard and spreading love all around the world.
College coaches love players who never let their talent get to their head and stay hungry. They know that leads to longevity and continued success. Humility will get you far in the game of basketball.
As cocky as Mayweather may come across at times, he is far from disrespectful. He respects the sport, respects his trainers, and respects his accomplishments, but more importantly his opponents.
Take away the promos which are meant to sell the fight, Mayweather always respects his opponents abilities and makes sure to thank them for the fight after he is announced as the winner.
The man trains harder than anyone in the game and that itself shows how much love and respect he has for the game his opponents.
Manny Pacquiao is obviously the same way (see: humility).
Basketball players who respect the game, their coaches and the opposition will always have value as players and as coaches/trainers in the future. Players who respect the game have great knowledge about the game and can do tons with it once their playing careers are over.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are very very disciplined athletes. When it comes to nutrition, training and sacrifice, these two do whatever they have to do in order to be at their best for the fight.
Mayweather and Pacman both do not drink alcohol, and Floyd has never consumed it or used any drugs in his life, despite his friends and entourage being notorious party animals.
They don’t miss training sessions; the thought of missing one does not even cross their mind. Every meal they eat in preparation to this fight is measured. They pay attention to every detail and all those little details make way more sense once that bell rings.
At 38-years old Floyd is training longer and harder than he was in his prime, and he isn’t missing a beat.
Hard Work, Dedication. It’s the name of the game in any sport. There will be days where your friends want to go to the movies when you’re supposed to be training, putting up shots, working on your athleticism etc.. But it’s a choice you have to make. What’s important to you? Do you like it or do you love it?
What makes this fight even more special is the fact that these two guys fight with their heart on their sleeve. They won’t back down from anybody, and when they’re in that ring, they give it all they’ve got.
If you don’t have heart, if you don’t have fight, you’ll only get so far in sports and in life.
These two dudes are bulldogs and you can literally feel their passion and burning desire every time you watch them train and compete.
Heart is something that doesn’t show up on the stats sheet, but it is and has always been the difference between good and great. You have to be able to get through tough losses and bad games, you have to give it all you’ve got in crucial times on the court.
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