In a few days, Floyd Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in one of the most anticipated boxing matches in history. But even if you do not follow boxing, disagree with his attitude or even have strong feelings about his much publicised incarceration, there is a lot we can learn from the team, training environment and work ethic of the undefeated champion Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.

Mayweather is famous – or infamous – for his arrogance and love of money. So much so that he even named his team ‘The Money Team’. However, when listening to him speak you will hear deeper roots that are driving him: like legacy and the burning desire to be the best at his craft, not just now, but the best EVER.

So why is Floyd Mayweather so successful? How does he consistently perform and how has he managed to become the highest paid sportsman ever?

It is partly due to a family heritage in boxing, natural talent and lessons from a young age. But many boxers have that and none of them have achieved the heights that he has. Instead, his unprecedented success is down to his mindset, work ethic and the people he chooses to surround himself with.

Watch any footage of his training and you will see a crowd of friends, family and experts following him everywhere. It is rare to see a team – or company – who are all so genuinely bought into one vision. Floyd installs both personal mantras – that he spouts constantly and seemingly involuntarily – and team mantras that his team will chant to each other.

Mayweather’s work ethic is epic: training twice daily for 6 hours each day, including 7 miles running, 700 sit-ups and over 10,000 punches. He is supremely confident in himself and is a master of winning over his competition mentally before a single punch is thrown.

 

So here are some of the best mantras, quotes, and blatant proclamations of greatness you will hear in the company of one of history’s greatest fighters:    

  1. “Hard work, dedication!”

This is the mantra that ‘The Money Team’ lives by. Often chanted in the gym or in press conferences like a battle cry, one person shouts ‘hard work’ and everyone else replies with ‘dedication!’

  1. “Never cry, never complain, just work”

It is easy to feel hard done by, to blame external sources and give excuses for why you cannot go on. We legitimise giving up or cutting corners when we know it will go un- noticed. For this reason, we need our own version of this mantra floating around in our heads. We need to be objective when faced with barriers and have the ability to catch ourselves when we complain and instead get stuck in and keep working hard.

  1. “Showing is better than telling”

This is the age old saying “actions speak louder than words” or Theodore Roosevelt’s “speak softly and carry a big stick”. What you do, what you achieve and how you act will inspire more people than just saying the words.

  1. “No athlete works harder than Floyd Mayweather”

When it is time to perform in sport or business, working harder than anyone else is the one thing that you can control and totally own. Your competition may be smarter, richer and more popular, but these things can bring complacency. The discipline to push yourself and put in the hours necessary can give you a chance, even when the odds are stacked against you. Will Smith says it much better than I can…

  1. “You have good days, you have bad days. But the main thing is to grow mentally.”

Being able to extract lessons from both the up’s and the down’s in life is hard work. It is easy to get caught up in the emotion of each, but if we want to create more ups than down going forward then we need to be learning and growing. Understand why you are in each place, what brought you here and that neither good nor bad days last forever.

  1. “When I step in the ring, I bring everything I have”

Don’t go into battle half arsed and don’t ever leave feeling that you could have done more. You never know if the opportunity will come around again. Advancing with self belief and giving the task at hand your all, leads to success at best and at worst the knowledge that you did the absolute most you could with the resources and information available to you.

 

So despite your opinion of Mr Money Mayweather or the sport, try to implement the mind-set of a champion fighter into your everyday life and see what effect it has. Be the hardest worker, stop complaining, speak with your actions, grow through adversity and go into battle with everything you’ve got!

 

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