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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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In the video above, Nazim Richardson, best known as the trainer of ageless wonders Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, talks to Fight Hub about Mosley's upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Richardson isn't willing to give up much in the way of strategy, but he does say he expects Shane to "command the rounds."

In Richardson, we once again have a trainer who is very complimentary of Mayweather. Here, Money's excellent timing is praised. Richardson counts this attribute among the things he admires about Floyd that Floyd's own camp doesn't mention. But I've heard Floyd speak on it a lot when talking about the Mosley fight. Sugar Shane has a tremendous combination of speed and power. And whenever Floyd addresses these traits of Mosley's, what he says has to do with two tremendous qualities of his own: intelligence and timing. Never his own reflexes or speed, although he has been exceptionally blessed in both areas.

This falls in line with the Mayweatherian boxing philosophy. To them, physical attributes are inconsequential in relation to the sweet science. I don't know how many times I've heard Uncle Roger tell that "speed don't win fights; skill wins fights." Or stress Floyd's gift of knowing how to fight. "Boxing is a thinking man's game," Roger has said.

And that's the gameplan against Mosley: use timing to negate Mosley's speed, and rely on Mosley not being able to outthink Floyd on May 1.

I find this so striking because Mayweather is one of the most gifted pure athletes to ever lace up a pair of boxing gloves. And yet, not only does he not rely on physical talent - at all - he finds it beside the point. An amazing attitude from a fighter with such profound natural ability, but it's part of the Mayweather mindset.

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